Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Sunday Trading

Selaine's response

I have received a number of emails from constituents concerned about reports that there may be a temporary relaxation of Sunday trading legislation. I strongly believe that it is important for Sunday to remain special, and I do not want to see workers lose the extra time they get to spend with their families. I am therefore instinctively nervous about the media reports. However, as with all media reports of this kind, we must be careful to remember that there actually may not be any plans to relax Sunday trading legislation.

If such proposals were put before the House of Commons, I would want to be absolutely certain that such a change was temporary, and that it would provide a meaningful economic benefit which would support our post-pandemic economic recovery. I would need to both of those conditions to be fulfilled before considering supporting such proposals.

June 2020