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Sunday trading hours: Government concedes defeat after Commons humiliation

The government had wanted to give local councils the option to extend Sunday Trading hours Credit: PA

The government has dropped plans to extend Sunday trading hours after suffering a humiliating Commons defeat.

Here's what we know.

  • What did the government want?

To give councils in England and Wales the power to extend Sunday trading hours in their local areas.

Currently, large stores in England and Wales are restricted to six hours of trading on a Sunday, and usually open from either 10am to 4pm or 11am to 5pm.

Chancellor George Osborne first announced his plan for extended Sunday trading hours in his summer Budget following last year's general election victory.

He argued that shops staying open for longer than the current six hour-limit could help "struggling" high streets compete with online retailers.

  • Why did it lose?

MPs voted 317 to 286 to scrap the proposal.

Twenty-seven Conservative rebels were among those who helped defeat the government's plans.

The SNP had previously said that its MPs would not interfere in matters which only affect England (or England and Wales) but changed its decision saying it feared the changes could lead to pay cuts for employees in Scotland.

Labour had "strongly opposed" the bill as it said it believed the change would "lead to the gradual erosion and diminution of workers' pay and rights across the UK".

  • What next?

The government says it has no plans to bring the proposals back.