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Licensed Premises: Opening Hours

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what modifications she is considering to the current law on pub and club opening hours; and what has prompted her to consider modifications. (117971)

We are not proposing any modifications to the Licensing Act 2003 so far as it relates to hours of trading.

We are consulting on changes to the current statutory guidance to local authorities on the 2003 Act which clarify our existing policy on licensing hours, i.e. that the licensing objectives (including the prevention of crime and disorder and public nuisance) must be paramount considerations in any licensing decision.

We originally clarified these issues in September 2005 and they need to be incorporated into the terms of the guidance.

These changes were prompted by a misplaced perception among a minority of stakeholders in 2005 that the guidance includes a presumption in favour of longer opening hours.