There is to be no change to the current Sunday shopping hours, the government has said.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Alistair Darling, trade and industry secretary, said: "With the Sunday trading laws having been in place for many years, it was important that we looked at whether they were still appropriate.

"As part of our review we commissioned an independent cost benefit analysis and sought a wide range of views on the subject in an informal consultation.

"We received nearly 1,000 responses to the consultation from consumers, religious groups, employees and business, with no substantial demand for change. On that basis, and having considered all the evidence from the review, we have concluded there should be no change to the Sunday trading laws."