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ARE THEY NEEDED P I -o ———— SWANSEA'S SUNDAY SHOPS. KEEN DISCUSSION AT COUNCIL. WATCH COMMITTEE TO MAKE INQUIRY. IAt Swansea Town Council on Wednesday,, the Town Clerk read a letter from the Eben- ezer Congregational Church expressing sor- row at the growing tendency towards Sun- day trading, and appealing to the Council to put legislation into lorce to prevent same. Argyle Chapel members also called atten- tion to the question of Sunday trading and asked them to end same by putting, into force their powers. Ald. D. Jones (chairman of the Watch Committee) said personally he hoped the Council would revert to the position they were in in 1909 or 1910. Unfortunately at that time there was a proposal to extend the principle, and when it came before the Council it was defeated, and so the whole thing fell through. Last Sunday in Swansea 318 chops were open, and going round the streets no one could isav many of the places were a necessity, icecream shops and so on. Aid. Merrells You can't close them. Mr. Molyneux asked for the proportion of licensed refreshment houses that were opened? The Chief Constable said he had not got that information. Aid. Dan Jones gave the list of shops opened as follows:—Sweets, 161; refresh- ments, 62 grocers, 62 greengrocers, 32 butchers, 4; bakers, 2; newsagents, 546 to- bacconists, 18; general dealers, 22; dairies, 7; hairdressers, 1; outfitter, 1; studio (opened Sunday week but closed last Sun- day. Mr. Wilson: How many persons were employed in those 398 shops? Aid. Dan Jones said he could not say. THE UNFAIRNESS OF IT. Mr. Laugharne Morgan said that the un- fairness about the proceedings when the old Act was attempted to be put in force was that only the small traders, and especially widows, suffered, whilst those who could afford to pay the fines did really a big trade. Aid. Tutton said he did not agree with that and moved an addition to the minutes to the effect that the old Lord's Day Obfier- vanco Act be put. in operation for the pur- pose of prohibiting Sunday trading. He had heard of the "poor widows" before. He had met some of them. (Laugnter.) Un- less Sunday trading was stoppexl the thing would grow and one trade would be started after another. Mr. Lloyd seconded. Everyone now regretted what then hap- pened. Aid. Merrells: Not everyone. Ald. Ben Jones said it did not speak well of the town to have so many shops open. He had leased a shop in Wind-street but he did not know a then that his lessee was going to open on Sunday, and if that tenant came to him and said he suffered by Sunday closing he would immediately cancel the lea.s,e.. COMPULSORY CHURCH ATTEND- ] I I I Mr. D. VVnhajns aspect it oiie Act cid not provide each one should attend church? The Town Clerk l' think it does. Mr. D. Matthews You don't object to attending a place of worship once every Sunday surely. Mr. D. Williams said if they were putting in force the Act let thorn do so. Ald. Ben Jones supported, and said it was their duty to do all they could to suppress Sunday labour. H-3 remembered the time when the newspapers were brought up and the previous state cf things fell throug-'i. Ald. Dd. Davies moved that the matter be referred back to the Watch Committee with instractions to make further investiga- tion to ascertain the character of the shops, the number of persons employed, and the extent to which the shops served a. useful purpose, if any, or were objectionable. Com- parison with the state of things a few years ago and to-day disclosed in the ifgures given a bit,, difference in the number. of shops open to-day. But there were many s hops opeai 1U the days when a part of the Act was enforced, and which were in addition to the t-en frequently quoted as open. And those shops were iiaensed refreshment room.: which were not years ago counted, ar? ihc closing of which could not be enforrt?. L?: the Council exhaust all their powers, and after all they could only prosecute a certain number, for there would be shops open in spite of everything. Mr. Davies spoke of

£ 8,000 LOST.