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Licensed Premises

Volume 934: debated on Monday 27 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider amending legislation to prevent outsiders other than the Bench or those engaged in the licensed trade from seeking to alter the hours of licensed houses.

On present information we see no grounds for imposing such a restriction.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases under the Licensing Act 1964 have been brought to his attention in which outsiders not engaged in the

in Kent if every Kent constituency had the average English electorate.

The information is as follows:licensed trade have requested a change in public house hours.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of continuing violence, whether he will now consider a ban on those found guilty of crimes of violence entering licensed premises, as in the case of those convicted under the breathalyser provisions.

No. I remain unconvinced that any practical purpose would be served by a statutory power to ban certain offenders from public houses over and above the common law right of a licensee to decide who he will admit and to eject any person at his discretion.