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Christmas Day (Trading) Bill




Prohibit trading on Christmas Day in certain cases; and for connected purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Large shops not to open on Christmas Day.     1. - (1) Subject to subsection (2) below, a large shop shall not be open on Christmas Day for the serving of retail customers.
      (2) Subsection (1) above does not apply in relation to-
    (a) any of the shops mentioned in paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 1 to the 1994 Act (restrictions on Sunday opening of large shops), or
    (b) any shop in respect of which a notice under paragraph 8(1) of Schedule 2 to the 1994 Act (shops occupied by persons observing the Jewish religion) has effect.
      (3) If subsection (1) above is contravened in relation to a shop, the occupier of the shop shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £50,000.
      (4) The Schedule to this Act shall have effect.
Interpretation.     2. In this Act-
    "local authority" shall have the same meaning as in section 8 of the 1994 Act;
    "the 1994 Act" means the Sunday Trading Act 1994;
    the expressions "large shop", "retail customers" and "shop" shall have the same meaning given to them by paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the 1994 Act.
Expenses.     3. There shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to this Act in the sums so payable under any other Act.
Short title, commencement and extent.     4. - (1) This Act may be cited as the Christmas Day (Trading) Act 2001.
      (2) This Act shall come into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order appoint.
      (3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.
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