The Government has been consulting since August 2015 on relaxing the Sunday trading rules. The current rules prevent larger shops from opening for more than 6 hours on Sundays. The proposal is to devolve Sunday trading rules to local areas/authorities, so they can relax these rules if it's felt longer trading hours would be beneficial, for example to help local businesses compete with online retailers.

In light of the existing protection that exists for Sunday shop workers, and for wages under the National Minimum Wage (and shortly the National Living Wage), many will question the reason for the SNP's concerns. This is particular the case given that shops in Scotland already have more freedom to trade on Sundays than those in England and Wales.