Politicians will today debate whether all shops in Jersey could be allowed to trade on a Sunday.

Currently, only smaller ones with an area under 700 square metres can open their doors, while larger shops have to remain closed.

If approved, those bigger businesses will not be forced to open, but will instead be given the choice to decide for themselves - something small businesses already have.

A survey last year revealed that 63% of shoppers would like to see Sunday trading introduced, and the Chamber of Commerce also backs the plans.

Senator Lyndon Farnham says that as well as having public support, the plans would also benefit businesses who are facing increased competition from the internet.

Senator Lyndon Farnham says the policy has public backing and will be good for 'bricks and mortar' businesses. Credit: ITV Channel TV

I think the retail sector needs all the help it can get at the moment. Bricks and mortar businesses are struggling with competition from the internet. I think it will be good for competition, I think it will be good for tourism. Visit Jersey have identified significant opportunities for our visitors from Britain and the continent to shop on a Sunday if the opportunities were there.

Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minister for Economic Development

Sunday trading was introduced in Guernsey in 2015.

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