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The Factories and Shops Bill, as amended by the Select Committee, haying now been circulated, it will doubtless be of interest to the employers and employees of Ashburton to be informed as to what alterations have been made, and what, therefore, are the revised proposals of the measure on which the approval of the Legislature will be invited. Well then, to begin with, the optional or discretionary provisions, which would have enabled City and Borough Councils to make, alter, or repeal bylaws under the Act have been struck out, save as regards the power to fix which night shall be the late night, and on which afternoon the half-holi-day shall be taken. The new clauses, numbered 58a, 59a, and 60a, read as follows:— . " 58a. All shops carrying on business m a city or borough shall, except such as are mentioned m the third schedule hereto, be closed m each week at the respective hours mentioned hereunder : — (1) On each and every evening of four working days of the week, at the hour of six of the cloak; (2) on the evening of one such working day, at the hour of nine of the clock ; and (3) on the afternoon of one such working clay, at the hour of two of the clock. *' 59a. Any City or Borough Council may, from time to time, by special order made under The Municipal Corporations Act, 1886, declare on which working day of the week the shops* except as aforesaid, m such city or borough, shall close at nine of the clock m the evening, and by the same or a separate special order may m like manner declare on which working day m each week the said shops shall close at two of the clock m the afternoon. Every such special order may oe varied or altered by the' City or Borough Council as.it thinks fit, but not so as to be inconsistent with this Act. %<6O . All shops; m. the city or bore 6 n, except as aforesaid, shall be closed m accordance with any special order made thereunder as the case may be; and if the occupier of suoh shop shall fail or neglect to close his shop, as required by this part of this Act, or by any special order made thereunder, he shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five pounds for each occasion he so fails or aeglects." The shops excepted from the operation of the foregoing provisions are the following, viz.—Chemists' shops, coffee houses, confectioners', eating houses, fish and qy§ter shops, fruit fp\d veget-. able shops, r-es.taura.nts, and tobao. conists 1 shops, i the previously prepared exemption of booksellers and news agents being withdrawn. Altogether, the Bill as amended, so far as regards early closing, will, we think, meet the requirements of the case and should be acceptable both to employers and employed.

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SHOP HOURS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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SHOP HOURS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2489, 12 August 1890

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