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GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS LICENSING ACT TIMETABLE

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The new licensing laws will come into effect on Thursday 24 November,...
The new licensing laws will come into effect on Thursday 24 November,

the licensing minister, James Purnell announced today.

24 November will signal the end of the outdated licensing system

which dates back as far as the first world war. It heralds the

beginning of a regime which recognises that the vast majority of

people should be treated like the adults they are and gives the

industry the flexibility to meet the needs of their customers.

Everyone who sells alcohol, puts on entertainment, or serves hot food

after 11pm must apply for a new licence to be able to trade under the

new laws - even if they don't want to change it.

Applications should be submitted by 6 August to be processed in time

for the new law to come into force.

Mr Purnell said:

'We have always said the new laws would come into force in November

and I'm pleased to be able to give the industry the certainty of a

specific date.

'It's now time to focus on getting the applications in.

'If pubs, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets don't have a new

licence in November, when the new law comes in, they won't be able to

trade. We recommend everyone puts their forms in now.'

Notes

1. James Purnell made the announcement during a Westminster Hall

adjournment debate today.

2. Since 7 February all licensed premises in England and Wales have

been able to apply for new alcohol and public entertainment licences.

3. All licensed premises have until 6 August to convert or vary their

existing licence. Licensees that apply after August 6 will lose their

grandfather rights - the rights they already have, such as their

existing opening hours - and have to apply for an entirely new

licence.

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