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JOHN REDWOOD TO END SUNDAY OPENING VOTES

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Voting on the Sunday opening of Welsh pubs should be abolished as soon as possible, John Redwood, Secretary of Stat...
Voting on the Sunday opening of Welsh pubs should be abolished as soon as possible, John Redwood, Secretary of State for Wales, said yesterday.

Local authorities in Wales, church organisations and other bodies were consulted on plans to end Sunday opening polls, which at the moment can take place every seven years in each district.

Mr Redwood reported that 82% of those who answered in the consultation process were in favour of proposals to abolish the polls after 1996.

A final set of referenda will take place on the basis of the new local authority areas if enough local electors request them. After that, changes to licensing arrangements in individual areas will only be possible through separate legislation.
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