Press reports that the UK's biggest shopping centres are hammering out a strategy' to lobby the government to extend Sunday opening hours, are "totally false", according to the manager of Gateshead's Metro Centre. Sunday trading was just one of ten items on the agenda at a meeting of shopping centre representatives earlier this week, said Metro's Ron Woodman, adding that no consensus regarding Sunday trading laws was reached. "Any lobbying should be carried out by consumers or retailers," he insisted. Extended hours would give staff even less time to carry out essential repairs and maintenance work. Tesco, Asda, Safeway and Sainsbury similarly denied reports that they are mounting any fresh campaign on Sunday trading. DIY chains rather than supermarkets are kicking up the most fuss, said one trade source. An Asda spokesman said the chain felt its existing cluster' system of staggering the Sunday opening times of stores in the same area was an acceptable solution. For Tesco, the peak time for Sunday shopping is between 11am and 1pm. A spokesman insisted it had "no immediate plans" to lobby over Sunday Trading. {{NEWS }}