Today the House of Commons is voting on whether to change the law relating to Sunday trading.
There's a strong case for change. At the moment, large stores can only open for six hours on a Sunday, but that restriction doesn't apply to smaller shops and people can shop via the internet whenever they like. The polls show that there's strong public support for a change in the law.
But there are concerns, both about retail workers being forced to work on Sundays and that if shops open all day Sundays will no longer be special.
I believe the Government has come up with a sensible compromise. It is proposing to allow local councils to decide whether to change Sunday trading rules in all or part of their areas and at the same time strengthening protection to make sure retail staff can't be forced to work on a Sunday. This approach would be piloted in 12 different parts of the country for a twelve-month period to assess the impact and there would have to be a further vote in Parliament before it was extended nationwide.
I will be supporting this compromise. Provided retail staff aren't forced to work when they don't want to, those who want to keep their Sundays special can do so and those who want to shop at a time of their choosing can do so too.
UPDATE: Disappointing that although a majority of English MPs voted in favour, the proposal was defeated because the SNP broke their own rule of not voting on issues that don't affect Scotland.