View Poll Results: Keep or scrap UK Sunday Trading Legislation

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  • Scrap it completely.

    13 86.67%
  • Modify it, but retain some kind of restrictions.

    2 13.33%
  • Do nothing.

    0 0%
  • Modify it, and increase trading restrictions.

    0 0%
  • Do something else.

    0 0%
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Thread: UK Sunday Trading Legislation... keep it or scrap it?

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    Default UK Sunday Trading Legislation... keep it or scrap it?

    Another of my usual random subjects, now 'appearing' as a thread following a discussion with someone else of this site, on the subject.

    Basically, in the United Kingdom before Thatcher, most trading on a Sunday was prohibited in law.

    During her premiership this was changed, although due to (I believe) heavy resistance from dominant Anglian church groups, it was not completely removed, the original proposals to scrap all trading restrictions watered down to a situation where businesses over a certain size (with some exemptions, such as railway stations, airports, theatres, cinemas, etc) are only permitted to trade for a total of six hours on a Sunday, which must fall between 1000 and 1800.

    My personal opinion, is that such legislation is outdated and unecessary. I do not believe that the feelings of a particular religion or domination should be allowed to dominate law affecting the whole country - especially, as so few people in the United Kingdom attend any place of worship more than once a year, statistically.

    Indeed, if we were to enact restrictions on trading to please every religion and denomination, then I imagine there would be no trading, as some entity, somewhere, would regard at least one day as sacred, and thus deemed "wrong" to trade on.

    The continuation of this legislation is also detrimental to the increasing number of people who work five, five and a half, or six day weeks. Why should one be forced to shop during particular hours on the only day when it is possible?

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    I voted for the first option, although I'm a US citizen.

    The US once widely had Blue Laws, which required Sunday closings--especially of sinful places like movie theatres, taverns and bars.

    These were definitely religiously inspired, dated back to the Pilgrims, and still exist in some places. By now, they have been all but removed, and we can drink, dance and see movies on Sunday.

    (And I'm sure that fewer of us are getting into Heaven as a result.)

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    Ooh... sinful places. Y'all better watch out or the Almighty will bring his wrath down upon ye for watching a movie or going out for a drink on Sunday.

    Seriously... get over it people. This ain't the Vatican, it is the modern world where business moves at the speed of light 24/7/365. Any laws restricting certain activities on particular days of the week because of some absurd "moral" or "religious" reason are rediculous and totally impractical in today's society.

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    Australia is pretty varied when it comes to Sunday Trading, with each state having different laws. In my particular region stores are allowed to open on Sunday, but have restricted hours (usually about a 9 hour maximum of being open), whilst more "nightly" stores, like service stations, are open for longer hours. I've never really had a problem with these hours before as I can venture around the city or shopping centres on Sunday as if it were any other day of the week.

    Have to admit though, it's pretty ridiculous how stores are forced to close because of some outdated tradition. But conversely, I do think there should be some regulation as to when they can open. Places like your big department stores and supermarkets have the ability to stay open 24/7 because of the great financial backing they have; they can afford to keep staff on throughout the day and night. It would be very unfair to smaller businesses who are trying to compete and can't afford to staff their store(s) for those extended trading hours. It'd marginalise small business owners against larger corporations more so than what it already is, and the last thing we need is uncompetitiveness in business because that would just drive prices on goods and services higher.

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    The state I live in has prohibited the sale of alcohol before noon on Sundays.

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    Our trading legislation was and is a lot stricter still. Up until 15 years ago or so (don't remember exactly when), stores had to close at 18:30 on weekdays, 14:00 on Sundays and remain closed Sundays. The first step was to allow stores to remain open until 21:00 on Thursdays and 18:00 I believe on Saturdays. The step after that, roughly 10 years ago, was to allow stores to remain open until 20:00 on weekdays and 18:00 on Saturdays.
    Recently, like 2 years ago, the trading legislation was found to actually be in the hands of the individual states, and most states have done away with any restrictions Mondays through Saturdays.
    Sunday trading remains illegal (except for those exceptions already mentioned - airports, railways stations and tourist towns), although local authorities can grant local business the right to open for 5 hours on a Sunday on up to like 7 Sundays a year, during times of special events (e.g. in my city, the Sunday after the big fair parade in late October is one of the Sundays when trading is allowed).
    Sunday trading restrictions aren't in place because of the church though here - they lack that kind of influence to begin with. The unions wanted and still want to give store employees a day to spend with their families, and tha is the Sunday, where kids are off school and the spouse is (presumably) off work too.

    Personally, I think that kind of legislation is outdated, although I can see the purpose of it. I wouldn't mind shopping on Sundays, but I don't require that right, so I have no problem if Sunday restrictions remain in place. It's not like people have more money to spend when the stores are open 7 instead of 6 days a would only drive up costs of keeping the store open yet another day, and thus make stuff more expensive.

    By the way: There are no trading restrictions on alcohol or cigarrettes except for the usual age restrictions (16/18 and 18, respectively). I found it funny though how, in the American state of Georgia, you couldn't buy alcohol on Sundays or after 2am on any other day, but most certainly you could just get a bottle of booze from your own fridge! Just a question of logistics!


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    I personally don't have a problem with shops and businesses being open on a Sunday. If you get rid of it the only people who will suffer are those who still refuse to open on Sunday for whatever reason (religious, not got the staff etc.). I imagine that, to begin with at any rate, not many people would be opening on sundays because they aren't used to it.

    Regulation of opening times could be useful in general. If someone were to be open 24/7 while there health couldn't afford it then a regulation forcing them not to work on a day could be good. I would say that regulation of opening times could be useful, but equally I wouldn't mind it if it were scrapped or left as it was.

    I think that modification of the rules to get rid of the religious basis, yet still keeping regulation so that people who couldn't work 24/7 don't end up in a position where they would have to to stay in business, would be the best option. I am not particularly worried about it though.

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    So... what do you people do if you can't go out shopping on Sundays? We do most of our shopping on sunday simply b/c saturday is spent working around the house or in the yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkfinn View Post
    So... what do you people do if you can't go out shopping on Sundays? We do most of our shopping on sunday simply b/c saturday is spent working around the house or in the yard.
    Perhaps they go shopping on Saturday and do house work on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukie View Post
    Perhaps they go shopping on Saturday and do house work on Sunday.
    But that is all backwards.

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