Friday 21 November 2014
The Commerce and Employment Department is today launching a public consultation on the regulation of Sunday trading. The consultation period runs until the end of January 2015.
The consultation document explains the background to the current review, the controls that exist in the current legislation, and gives information on some of the options for restricting shop opening on Sundays.
The Department is seeking the views of the public, retailers, parishes, and interested groups to inform its review of this subject and to help it form proposals for a future approach to trading on Sundays.
At this stage, the Department is not looking at the fine detail of possible future regulation of Sunday trading, rather, the intention of this consultation and questionnaire is to obtain a picture of the broad public opinion on this topic.
Commerce and Employment Minister, Deputy Kevin Stewart, said:
"Sunday trading is a topic which generates strong feelings, with views ranging from total freedom to trade on the one hand and a closure of all or most shops on the other.
This survey is seeking to obtain the views of a wide range of islanders; the first time this has been done.
I really hope that as many people as possible will take the time to consider the consultation paper and complete the questionnaire. The more people who do, the better the picture the Department will have of public opinion as it develops proposals to be taken to the States towards the end of next year.
We have made it as easy as possible for people to access the information and complete the questionnaire with a version that can be completed on-line and a downloadable version that can be printed out and completed. These are both accessible via the States of Guernsey Website. In addition printed copies can be picked up from several States offices and all the Douzaine Rooms around the Island."
The document is available online under the Public Consultations section of this site and may be responded to on Survey Monkey
It is also available to collect in printed form from :
a. The ten parish Douzaine rooms/Constables offices
b. Raymond Falla House
c. Sir Charles Frossard House
d. Beau Sejour
e. The Guernsey Information Centre, North Plantation
f. The Guille-Allès Library