Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

SHAKE-UP OF LICENSING LAWS ON THE WAY

  • Comment
Ministers are preparing to back plans to allow Britain's pubs to stay open until 3am to combat the effect of drinki...
Ministers are preparing to back plans to allow Britain's pubs to stay open until 3am to combat the effect of drinking on crime rates in city centres, reports The Independent (p3).

In the biggest shake-up of licensing laws this century, councils will be given the freedom to decide their own closing times for pubs and restaurants in non-residential areas.

The proposals, which are backed by business, are understood to have won the support of the Home Office, following studies that showed that up to 50% of city-centre arrests were linked to drunkenness after 11pm.

A Home Office source said: 'There is a long way to go in the consultation but it is clear that the public-order issue is a very good reason to relax the law.'

The white paper on the changes is likely next autumn and ministers want a bill in the Queen's Speech in 2000. Changes would not come into force until 2001.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.