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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 18th March 2004.

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Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Labour, Greenock and Inverclyde 12:30 pm, 18th March 2004

On 6 April, during the Easter recess, the provisions of the Sunday Working (Scotland) Act 2003 will become law. My right hon. Friend will recall that I was fortunate enough to introduce that legislation as a private Member's Bill. It extends to shop workers in Scotland the right not to work on a Sunday should they choose not to do so—a right already enjoyed by shop workers in England and Wales. Will he take this and every opportunity to promote its provisions, so that shop workers in Scotland who are following the proceedings of this House will know that, from 6 April, people in my constituency will enjoy the right not to work on a Sunday that those in his constituency have enjoyed for many years?