A backbench MP's attempt to extend Sunday opening hours for supermarkets in England and Wales during the 2012 Olympics looks unlikely to succeed.

Fylde Conservative MP Mark Menzies proposed the change during a Ten Minute Rule Bill debate in the House of Commons. He claimed that allowing local authorities to relax Sunday trading restrictions during the Olympic Games would provide a "temporary and modest economic stimulus" .

However, fellow Conservative MP Therese Coffey said she would oppose the proposed Bill if it went through the parliamentary process. Coffey said: "Only larger stores are currently restricted, so I encourage him to think again about his measure, so that we can once again reinforce the role of small, independent stores or smaller high street stores in boosting economic activity."

Ten Minute Rule Bills are proposals for legislation introduced by backbenchers without government backing, and only rarely become law. The Sunday Trading amendment will be read in parliament for a second time on November 25.

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