HC Deb 18 October 1982 vol 29 c7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether the statement on 15 August made by the Under-Secretary of State for Trade, on the question of keeping shops open for 24 hours a day, represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government; and whether she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister:

Her Majesty's Government accept that the shops legislation is unsatisfactory and does not correspond to modern patterns of living, and can find no ground of principle for opposing changes in the present restrictions on shopping hours.