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Shops Act 1950 (repealed 1.12.1994)

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Hours of Closing

    1. Early closing days

      1. 1. Closing of shops on weekly half-holiday.

    2. General closing hours

      1. 2. General closing hours.

      2. 3. The late day.

      3. 4. Special provision for tobacco and smokers’ requisites.

      4. 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 6. Special provision for confectionery.

      6. 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. Closing orders

      1. 8. Closing orders.

      2. 9. Procedure for making closing orders.

      3. 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 11. Revocation of closing orders.

    4. Trading outside shops and shops with several trades

      1. 12. Trading elsewhere than in shops.

      2. 13. Shops where more than one trade or business is carried on.

    5. Supplemental

      1. 14. Offences under Part I.

      2. 15. Expenses of Secretary of State.

      3. 16. Local inquiries.

  3. Part II Conditions of Employment

    1. Statutory half-holiday and meal times

      1. 17. Statutory half-holiday for shop-assistants.

      2. 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      3. 19. Meal times.

      4. 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 21. Application of foregoing provisions to premises for the sale of refreshments.

    2. Sunday Employment in England and Wales

      1. 22. Sunday employment.

      2. 23. Sunday employment in retail trading elsewhere than in shops.

    3. Hours of Employment of Young Persons

      1. 24—36. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 37. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      3. 38. Sanitary and other arrangements in shops.

      4. 39. Apportionment of expenses under last section.

  4. Part III Modifications of Parts I and II in special cases

    1. 40. Suspension of weekly half-holiday in holiday resorts.

    2. 41. Alteration of general closing hours in holiday resorts and sea fishing centres.

    3. 42. Alteration of general closing hours and closing orders for exhibitions.

    4. 43. Suspension of general closing hours and closing orders on special occasions.

    5. 44. Exemptions for post office business.

    6. 45. Exemption for fairs, etc., and non-profit-making libraries.

    7. 46. Exemption for Industrial and Provident Societies’ libraries.

  5. Part IV Sunday Trading

    1. General provisions in England and Wales

      1. 47. Closing of shops on Sunday.

      2. 48. Partial exemption orders.

      3. 49. Sale of meals and refreshments off the premises.

      4. 50. Shops where several trades or businesses are carried on.

      5. 51. Holiday resorts.

      6. 52. Making and revocation of orders.

      7. 53. Persons observing the Jewish Sabbath.

      8. 54. Special provisions for London.

      9. 55. Delivery of goods.

      10. 56. Savings.

      11. 57. Notices.

      12. 58. Extension of foregoing provisions of Part IV to retail trading elsewhere than in shops.

      13. 59. Offences connected with Sunday trading.

    2. Retail meat dealers’ shops in England and Wales

      1. 60. Exclusion of foregoing provisions as to Sunday trading in the case of retail meat dealers.

      2. 61. Business of retail dealer in meat not to be carried on on Sunday.

      3. 62. Exemption as respects Jewish retail dealers in meat.

      4. 63. Delivery of meat.

      5. 64. Offences related to dealing in butchers’ meat on Sundays.

      6. 65. Saving for ships and aircraft.

    3. Foregoing provisions of Part IV not to extend to Scotland

      1. 66. Foregoing provisions of Part IV not to extend to Scotland.

    4. Barbers and hairdressers in Scotland

      1. 67. Business of hairdresser or barber not to be carried on on Sunday.

  6. Part V General

    1. 68. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 69. Regulations.

    3. 70. Proof and revocation of orders of local authorities.

    4. 71. Enforcement.

    5. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 73. Local authorities.

    7. 74. Interpretation.

    8. 75. General application to Scotland.

    9. 76. Repeal.

    10. 77. Short title, extent and commencement.

  7. SCHEDULES

    1. FIRST SCHEDULE

      Trades and Businesses exempted from the Provisions as to Early Closing Day

      1. The sale by retail of intoxicating liquors.

      2. The sale of refreshments, including the business carried on at...

      3. The sale of motor, cycle, and air-craft supplies and accessories...

      4. The sale of newspapers and periodicals.

      5. The sale of meat, fish, milk, cream, bread, confectionery, fruit,...

      6. The sale of tobacco and smokers’ requisites.

      7. The business carried on at a railway bookstall on or...

      8. The sale of medicines and medical and surgical appliances.

      9. Retail trade carried on at an exhibition or show, if...

    2. SECOND SCHEDULE

      Transactions not affected by general closing hours or by Closing Orders

      1. 1.The sale of— (a) meals or refreshments (including table waters,...

      2. 2.The transaction of any post office business.

    3. THIRD SCHEDULE

      Intervals for Meals

      1. Part I

        1. Intervals for meals shall be arranged so as to secure...

      2. Part II. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. FOURTH SCHEDULE

      Method of Calculating the Holidays to which any Shop Assistant is entitled under Section Forty-one of this Act

      1. 1.The number of extra hours for which a shop assistant...

      2. 2.For the purposes of this Schedule the number of hours...

      3. 3.The aggregate number of the extra hours, as calculated in...

    5. FIFTH SCHEDULE

      1. 1.The sale of— (a) intoxicating liquors; (b) meals or refreshments...

      2. 2.The transaction of— (a) post office business;

    6. SIXTH SCHEDULE

      1. The sale of— bread and flour confectionery, including rolls and...

    7. SEVENTH SCHEDULE

      1. The sale of— any articles required for the purposes of...

    8. EIGHTH SCHEDULE

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

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