Relaxing Sunday trading laws 'would encourage more people to go to church'

Relaxing Sunday trading laws 'would encourage more people to go to church'

Relaxing Sunday trading laws 'would encourage more people to go to church'

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A RELAXATION of Sunday trading laws could encourage more people to go to church, according to a Bury MP.

David Nuttall, MP for Bury North, called on a liberalisation of the laws, which restrict the opening hours of larger stores to a maximum of six hours.

He was one of the backbench Conservative MPs to propose additions to the Deregulation Bill, which Labour and the government have said they will not support.

Speaking after the debate in the House of Commons last week, Mr Nuttall said: “In this day and age, the current laws are indefensible.

“The church must encourage people to attend. People already have to make a choice whether to do something else or go to church, and that will be no different.

“But if shops were allowed to stay open longer, then people would perhaps feel more able to go to church, and then have the rest of the day to go shopping.”

Mr Nuttall, who is a church warden at St Anne’s Church in Tottington, called for either a repeal of the Sunday Trading Laws Act 1994, an extension of trading hours on Sundays or a temporary suspension of restrictions during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

A temporary suspension of the laws was introduced during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Earlier in the debate, Conservative MP Philip Davies said that the current situation means that people are forced to shop at the supermarkets’ smaller stores, in comparison to their bigger, cheaper stores.

However Solicitor General Oliver Heald said there were no plans to change the current laws, despite its success at the Olympics.

He said: “The interests of smaller retailers, the working hours of employees, the effect of extra lorry traffic and the need to have some family day consideration lead the government to the view that the current balance does not need changing, although it was for the Olympics, and very successfully so.”

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9:13pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Babbar Divino says...

Tommy rot. People have all week to do their shopping even late at night. Sadly there are only 2 Faiths that seem to attract people the Catholic and Muslim. I went to a mass some months ago and I can see why the Catholic faith is still popular as the mass was very relaxed and modern. It's not the shops opening times it's the other distractions\things to do that people have today rather than attend church.
Tommy rot. People have all week to do their shopping even late at night. Sadly there are only 2 Faiths that seem to attract people the Catholic and Muslim. I went to a mass some months ago and I can see why the Catholic faith is still popular as the mass was very relaxed and modern. It's not the shops opening times it's the other distractions\things to do that people have today rather than attend church. Babbar Divino
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