Retailers have welcomed government moves to cut red tape associated with trading on a Sunday.

Under new DTI proposals, the substance of the 1994 Sunday Trading Act, which restricts opening hours for stores over 280 sq m to six hours between 10am and 6pm, will remain intact.

However, provisions in the Act requiring shops to notify local authorities of their intention to trade and their planned opening hours will be axed. So, too, will be provisions asking retailers to give 14 days’ notice of changes in opening hours and for the local authority to maintain a register of shops opening on Sundays.

The Association of Convenience Stores said it wanted to reassure members that the government was committed to enforcing the content of the Act.