Retailers are planning to lobby the government to relax Sunday trading laws, media reports suggest.

Reports in the national media say that lawyers working on behalf of high street retailers are planning a lobbying campaign to alter the Sunday Trading Act 1994 and allow shops to open for longer on a Sunday.

Current laws say that retailers are only allowed to open for six hours on a Sunday.

However, retailers will lobby the Department of Trade and Industry to change the legislation.

A survey conducted by retail lawyer Bond Pearce last year found that two thirds of retailers would open for longer on a Sunday if the law allowed them to.

Kevin Hawkins, director general of the British Retail Consortium said: “Where there is clear customer demand for more flexible opening on Sunday, then it would not surprise me if retailers wished to be able to meet those demands.”