HC Deb 26 June 1991 vol 193 c490W
Mr. Cartwright

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those organisations which his Department is consulting about the reform of the Shops Act 1950; and when he expects these consultations to be concluded.

Mrs. Rumbold

To assist in the possible development of acceptable proposals for the reform of the law on Sunday trading, I have held or plan to hold separate discussions with representatives of the following organisationsThe Shopping Hours Reform Council; Sort Out Sunday; OPEN (Outlets Providing for Everyday Needs); the Keep Sunday Special Campaign; the Free Church Federal Council; the General Synod of the Church of England's Board for Social Responsibility; the Churches Main Committee; the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland; the Lord's Day Observation Society; Churches Together in England; the Board of British Jews; the National Consumer Council; the Retail Consortium; the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; the GMB; the Association of District Councils; the Institute of Safety and Public Protection; the National Federation of Meat Traders; and the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourist Board.

I have also met representatives of the Horticultural Trades Association in relation to a proposed private Member's Bill on Sunday trading sponsored on their behalf.

I hope to be able to conclude this programme of separate discussions in the early autumn. I am keeping open the possibility of joint discussions thereafter.

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