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36-HOUR PUB OPENING PROPOSALS FOR NEW MILLENNIUM CELEBRATIONS

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Proposals published yesterday could mean that pubs will be allowed to stay open for 36 hours to celebrate the mille...
Proposals published yesterday could mean that pubs will be allowed to stay open for 36 hours to celebrate the millennium and all subsequent New Years, reports The Daily Telegraph (p1).

Ministers want all of the country's 140,000 licensed premises to have the opportunity to open at 11am on 31 December, 1999 and close again at 11pm on 1 January, 2000.

Under the law as it stands, each pub would have to make individual applications to magistrates for a 'special occasion' licence extension. But the home office wants a general 12-hour relaxation to apply across England and Wales.

Ministers have said that if there were objections to all-night opening, the preferred alternative would be to let pubs stay open until 4am on 1 January.
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