§ Sir Trevor Skeet
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in view of recent cases over Sunday trading when he proposes to bring forward a Bill to align United Kingdom legislation with the treaty of Rome.
§ Mr. Mellor
Although a European Court judgment last year has presented the courts with questions of interpretation, it did not find United Kingdom legislation to be in breach of the treaty of Rome. Nevertheless, the Government continue to hold the view that the Shops Act 1950 is in need of reform and are prepared to consider any practicable proposal from interested parties if they can reach agreement on a way forward which is likely to command parliamentary support.