Retailers hoping to persuade the government to relax Sunday trading regulations again to allow stores to open on 23 December are likely to be disappointed.

Industry experts told The Grocer this week there would not be time for the government to bring in a second piece of emergency legislation during the autumn session of Parliament to allow the relaxation, even it if wanted to.

The current legislation allowing retailers to open longer on Sundays will disappear from the statute books at the end of the Paralympics.

“There won’t be time this year and the next time 23 December falls on a Sunday isn’t for another six years, so I can’t see the government going down the emergency legislation route again,” said one source.

However, calls were mounting this week for the government to consider a permanent change to Sunday trading hours as retailers assessed the impact of the current relaxation.