The Chancellor, George Osborne, has confirmed that he will be pushing through new legislation covering sunday trading laws during this summer.
Eight weekends during July, August and September will see larger stores allowed to remain open longer than the current six hours on a sunday in a plan to ‘stimulate the economy’.
Mr Osborne said “We’ve got the whole world coming to London and the rest of the country for the Olympics. It would be a great shame, particularly when some of the big Olympic events are on Sunday, if the country had a closed-for-business sign on it.”
But shadow chancellor Ed Balls is concerned that these changes would threaten tradition and has said there should be a proper consultation on the issue.
The Chancellor will give further details in the Budget on Wednesday.