London 2012 Olympics: Sunday Trading Law
Sunday trading laws are expected to be suspended by the government in eight weekends of July 22 during the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
In his budget, George Osborne, is set to propose emergency legislation for large stores in England and Wales can operate for more than six hours.
He told the BBC it would be a ”great shame” if Britain had a “closed for business” sign that during the Games.
But the campaign group to keep the Special Sunday called the plan ”deeply worrying”.
And the union shop employees’ Usdaw said its members “vehemently opposed” the idea.
The general secretary John Hannett said: “The government’s own consultation last year showed that there is broad support for any of the retailers or the general public for change.
“Deregulation would have a negative impact on the lives of millions of store employees.
“Grocery store employees are entitled to have their views heard before such importantdecisions are made.”
But ministers hope to see the proposal approved by Easter.
In BBC One’s Andrew Marr’s show, Mr. Osborne said: ”We have all the world to come toLondon and the rest of the country for the Olympics.
“It would be a great shame - especially when some of the great Olympic events are on Sunday - if the country had a closed for business sign on it.”
Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, said there should be proper consultation and careful consideration