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The failure of the UK Government’s attempt to relax the law governing Sunday shopping hours has been welcomed by the President of the Union of Welsh Independents.

r alun 2The bill was defeated by a majority of 31 votes at Westminster.  “I’m delighted that the bill has failed, and that shopping hours on Sundays will remain as at present,” said the Revd Dr R Alun Evans.

“Passing the bill would have removed the remaining control which keeps Sunday a ‘special day’, would be an attack on family life and the rights of workers, and be a serious blow to corner shops – many of them family businesses – which are allowed to stay open late at the moment.  

“The current closure for a few hours on a Sunday evening is the only time that millions of staff who work in large stores can be sure of getting time off for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Evans. “Allowing 24/7 shopping would have removed that assurance.”  

The bill’s failure has also been warmly welcomed by the shopworkers’ union USDAW. This is the third time within five years that the UK government has tried to change the law. Hopefully, this will be the end of the matter now, says the union.