HC Deb 16 December 1982 vol 34 c203W
35. Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have come to the courts in respect of breaches in Sunday trading laws in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Raison

The information available, which may be incomplete, is given for 1979–81 in the following table. Information for 1982 is not yet available.

Defendants proceeded against for offences against the Sunday trading laws
England and Wales
Year Numbers
1979 294
1980 323
1981 440

The responsibility for initiating prosecutions under the Shops Act 1950 falls upon the local authority—generally the district council.