§ Lord Alton of Liverpool
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their policy concerning the opening of supermarkets on Christmas Day and Easter Day; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that the law is enforced. [HL501]
§ Lord Williams of Mostyn
Shops may choose their opening hours, except on Sundays if they are over 280 square metres in area. The restrictions affect Easter Sunday, but Christmas Day only when it falls on a Sunday.
We have no plans to change the present law. Enforcing it is a matter for local authorities; the courts can impose fines of up to £50,000 for a breach of the law.