Lobby group hails MPs decision to scrap Sunday trading changes
Parliament’s decision to reject proposed changes to Sunday trading laws will come as a relief to local shop owners across the country, according to one retail trade body.
James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, said that small shops would have “lost out” to superstores and out-of-town retail parks, if MPs had voted to allow local councils the power to remove Sunday trading hours.
In a vote on the Enterprise Bill held on March 9, the proposals were rejected by 317 votes to 286 as MPs supported the campaign to retain the existing laws that limit the number of hours shops can open on Sundays.
“The flaws in the Government’s plans have been exposed, and MPs from across the House have voted to retain our popular existing Sunday trading regulations,” said Lowman. “We encourage the Government to look at measures that will actually help the high street such as business rates reform, and look forward to hearing about the Chancellor’s plans to help retailers in next week’s Budget.”
The ACS is part of campaign group Keep Sunday Special, which also includes the Church of England, the Federation of Wholesale Distributors and the Rural Shops Alliance.