Christmas Day (Trading) Bill — 16 Mar 2001
Order for Second Reading read.
I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.
It is important to realise that the changes that have occurred within our lifetime have not always automatically improved the quality of our day-to-day existence. It is thought that assumptions such as the one that we have become a nation of people who want to shop until we drop are more important than considerations of either the quality of life that we create for ourselves and our families or the general standards that we set. Although my Bill is simple, it reflects the fact that, through the law of unintended consequences, we have unthinkingly changed something that was quite precious and the end result is to the advantage of no one.
Question put, That the Bill be now read a Second time:--
Those voting Aye in this division were voting to move the Bill banning trading on Christmas day to the next stage.
The House divided: Ayes 37, Noes 0.
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