and Wales have been published.
The plans are aimed at preserving the special nature of the day as
stores on Christmas day to the detriment of employees.
Employment relations minister Alan Johnson said:
'Regulation will ensure that the special nature of Christmas Day is
preserved and that shop workers in large stores are protected from
being forced to work.
'We know that the vast majority of major stores do not open on
Christmas Day and believe that legislation now will avoid future
widespread opening of stores as a result of competitive pressure.'
Regulation of Christmas Day trading raises issues across a wide range
of parties and the government wishes to hear the views of all
involved before proceeding with legislation.
1. The Sunday Trading Act 1994 applies the following limits to shop
opening hours in England and Wales:
- Small shops (under 280 sq m/3,000 sq ft) - no restrictions on
- Large shops (over 280 sq m/3,000 sq ft)
- Monday to Saturday - no restrictions
- Sunday - Opening for 6 hours only, between 10am and 6pm
- Easter Sunday - closed
- Christmas Day (when on a Sunday) - closed
2. The partial deregulation of Sunday trading introduced by the 1994
Act appears to have provided a reasonable and enforceable balance.
The government has stated that it will continue to monitor operation
of the Act to ensure it continues to meet current needs. It currently
sees no need to review the operation of the 1994 Act in respect of
Sunday trading or to re-open the debate that preceded it.
3. The Sunday Trading Act applies only to England and Wales. The
position in Scotland will be considered separately by the Scottish
4. The consultation document is available on the DTI website.
Paper copies of the consultation document can be obtained by writing
Department of Trade and Industry
Consumer and Completion Policy Directorate
1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET
(Email - email@example.com)