Sunday Trading Hours Changes Rejected
On 9th March MP's voted against changes which would see Sunday trading hours relaxed in England and Wales.
Currently, large stores in England and Wales are restricted to six hours of trading on a Sunday, and usually open from either 10am to 4pm or 11am to 5pm. Chancellor George Osborne first announced his plan for extended Sunday trading hours in his summer Budget following last year's general election victory.
The FSB welcomed the decision; "Our members have been unconvinced of the economic case for relaxing Sunday trading rules and there has been no impact assessment to support the proposals," said the group's policy director, Mike Cherry.
"The current system can be seen as a great British compromise which allows families to spend time together, employees to work if they wish to, and provides much needed support for smaller retailers within their communities."