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The House: Alcohol on Sundays

MPs have voted in favour of alcohol sales on Sundays.

A remarkably brief debate after the long, passionate and reasoned argument over the drinking age saw the move to on-licence sales approved by 71 to 46.

The new law will allow Sunday trading, but see on-licence premises closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

Two less restrictive options - All on-licence premises open every day of the year and Sunday trading, but closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day - were overwhelmingy defeated.

Immediately afterwards MPs voted ‘on the voices’to allow off-licence premises to also sell alcohol on Sundays but not on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.

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