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Licensed Houses (Summer Time)

Volume 436: debated on Thursday 24 April 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in view of the fact that double summer time had not been decided upon at the time of the annual general licensing meetings in February last, he will introduce legislation authorising benches of magistrates to grant permission for licensed houses to remain open during double summer time from 10 to 10.30 p.m. on each day.

The decision was announced in time for the question of later hours to be raised at the adjourned meeting in most licensing districts, and I am advised that the licensing justices could use their existing power to substitute 10.30 p.m. for 10 p.m. in any district where double summer time gives rise to special needs for later closing. On present information I see no need for legislation.