UK retailers are backing proposed changes to trading laws, which would allow them to open for more than six hours on Sundays.
The bid, which is being supported by retailers including Selfridges, is being driven by Conservative MP and vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Retail Group, Philip Davies, who says, “I would like to scrap the Sunday trading restrictions altogether. The sky has not fallen in Scotland where there are no such rules. We are living with a ridiculous anomaly – if people want to keep Sunday special that is fine, they can do so. It is about freedom of choice.”
Under the Sunday Trading Act 1994 shops of over 300,000 sq ft can only open for a maximum of six hours on a Sunday and not before 10am.
However, The Daily Mail reported that Davies believes that with the rise of online shopping means the time is right for a change, and he plans to table a series of amendments to the Deregulation Bill going through Parliament, with MPS being given a chance for a free vote before the summer.
These will include options to abolish restrictions altogether, to allow extra hours for stores to open on Sundays, or to give local authorities the power to decide.