Archbishop welcomes MPs’ decision on Sunday Trading

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The Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, has commented on a House of Commons vote that saw the government defeated over its plan to extend Sunday trading hours in England and Wales.

MPs voted 317 to 286 against Chancellor George Osborne’s proposal to extend Sunday trading hours beyond the current six hour limit.

Archbishop Peter Smith:

“I am pleased that MPs have decided to protect the existing arrangements, which meet consumer needs while recognising the unique and important atmosphere of Sundays.

“There is little evidence that further deregulation would bring any tangible benefit to the UK and today’s debate highlighted how it would negatively impact upon family time, community cohesion and faith groups.”