From Alfred Denville, M.P.
SIR,—One cannot understand the attitude of the Birmingham shopkeepers boycotting Sir Patrick Hannon. We who sit in the House know he is doing his very best to put U p a big fight.
They evidently do not read Hansard, and I do not think it fair that I should withhold my little pat on the back to him because of his attitude in connection with the Birmingham shopkeepers. Where he does err is in his statement that he is only fellow who is standing up for them, and the Midland Group the only Group who have considered the matter.
We are not going to quarrel about it, but I think if he looks up dates he will find the Northern Group were the first In the field, but that is only a matter of luck. We happened to discuss it before the meeting of the Midland Group. We are all working very hard, in fact it would be unfair to say there Is anyone In the House who is not sympathetic and very energetic in their denunciation of any interference with the interests of the small shopkeeper.
I think they might take as their example the City of Leicester, where / understand the Council have told the small shopkeepers they can keep open until 7 p.m. so many nights and 8 p.m. the others. In fact, the Councils throughout the country might adopt the same attitude.
The Lord Privy Seal is far from being stupid and if he ascertains the feeling of the country about this matter there is not the slightest doubt about him reconsidering anything he may have ALFRKP IJENVILLK. House of Commons.