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Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) licences and (b) certificates were in force authorising the sale of alcohol in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08. (234045)

The first DCMS Statistical Bulletin on Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment, under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, was published on 8 November 2007. Based on returns from around 70 per cent. of local councils, this showed that, between April 2006 and March 2007, there were 111,567 premises licences authorising the sale or supply of alcohol (23,218 on-sale only; 32,917 off-sales only; and 55,432 with both on and off sales of alcohol). There were 12,137 club premises certificates authorising the sale or supply of alcohol (4,870 on-sale only; and 7,267 with both on and off sales of alcohol). The April 2007 to March 2008 Bulletin shows that, for this period (based on returns from around 85 per cent. of licensing authorities) there were 140,845 premises licences authorising the sale or supply of alcohol (29,663 on-sale only; 40,606 off-sales only; and 69,189 with both on and off sales of alcohol; 1,387 had permissions to sell alcohol but did not specify in what capacity). There were 14,515 club premises certificates authorising the sale or supply of alcohol (6,654 on-sale only; and 7,758 with both on and off sales of alcohol; 103 had permissions to sell alcohol but did not specify in what capacity).