Enterprise Bill

The next two days in the Commons will be taken up with the remaining stages of the Enterprise Bill. The Bill aims to promote economic growth and establishes a Small Business Commissioner who will resolve disputes between small businesses and large companies. The bill protects the term apprenticeship in law to ensure that only apprenticeships that meet official standards can be called apprenticeships.  I expect the clauses which will attract much attention are those which give local authorities the power to determine the hours which shops can open on Sunday. I support these proposals. The current situation where someone can order an item on line on a Sunday and have it delivered on a Sunday but not buy it in a shop is not sensible.

Today, the proceedings on the Enterprise Bill will be followed by the annual debate on International Women’s Day.