March 12 2004. New legislation to cut back on red tape for large stores which open on a Sunday is now in force. The measure means that large shops in England and Wales no longer have to notify local authorities of their Sunday trading hours and local authorities no longer have to keep a register of notification of Sunday trading hours.

The Regulatory Reform (Sunday Trading) Order 2004 does not change the main features of the Sunday Trading Act 1994. There are no changes to the range of hours that large shops are permitted to open on a Sunday; the requirement for large shops to display their opening hours; and enforcement of the Act by local authorities.

The Order also repeals section 26 of the Revenue Act 1889, which prohibits the sale of methylated spirits on a Sunday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Order does not apply to Scotland.

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