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Sunday trading hours in England and Wales extended?


The government may be having a change of heart on Sunday trading hours after rules were relaxed in England and Wales for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Mark Wallace, spokesman for the Institute of Directors, believed it was a question of "giving retail the opportunity to compete as much as they can".

He told the Today programme: "The internet is open for shopping all of the time... it's bizarre we restrict retail in this way."

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard said he did not think extending Sunday trading hours would "necessarily bring about significant growth".

He said: "A lot of people don't want to have to work on Sundays... they want to spend time with their family, go to church, or have some downtime."

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was quoted in the weekend press saying he was willing to look and see what the difference in trading patterns were.

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