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OPEN ALL HOURS FOR THE MILLENNIUM

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The House of Lords has approved an Order enabling pubs and clubs to open from 11am on millennium eve until 11pm on ...
The House of Lords has approved an Order enabling pubs and clubs to open from 11am on millennium eve until 11pm on new year's day.

'The Order gives the courts powers to limit the opening of individual premises where there is a real risk of problems arising. Applications to limit hours can be made by residents and by local police authorities,' said Lord Burlison, for the government.

He emphasised the Order would not automatically extend the hours of a pub or club's entertainment licence.

'Events that require entertainment licences can present a greater risk to the public from noise and large crowds than extended drinking hours only. Local councils already have a discretion in respect of the duration of entertainment licences. The government believes they should continue to exercise that discretion on the millennium eve,' Lord Burlison said.
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