A spokesperson for the bishops' conference of England and Wales says Sunday is an important day for society and families.

As the consultation opens on "Devolving Sunday trading rules" to local areas, the bishops released a statement, affirming: 

“It would be a mistake to further deregulate the laws on Sunday Trading. The different atmosphere of Sunday which remains, despite partial deregulation, is good for society, families and communities. Our freedoms as consumers need to be balanced by the rights of workers, and family stability is enhanced if as many families as possible have a common day off.

"True prosperity is enhanced through the quality of relationships we foster, as well as by economic exchange.”

The government on Wednesday launched the consultation.