House of Lords
Lord Kilclooney (Crossbench)
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom's Sunday trading laws put United Kingdom traders at an advantage or disadvantage when compared to those in other European Union member states.
Baroness Wilcox (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Business, Innovation and Skills; Conservative)
There are a number of different regulatory regimes for Sunday trading across Europe. Some member states also restrict opening hours on Saturdays and have more restrictive regulations for retailers generally. The Government do not therefore consider that UK traders are at a disadvantage when compared to those in other European Union member states.
There have been no comparisons carried out on other member states' Sunday trading legislation.
The Government's recent announcement on the proposal to suspend some of the Sunday trading laws during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a temporary and time-limited measure and is not a test case for possible wider liberalisation.