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Licensing: Alcohol Consumption

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many 24-hour opening licences have been granted in each region of England and Wales since changes to licensing arrangements relating to establishments serving alcoholic drinks came into effect. [HL5663]

The Alcohol Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Bulletin, which can be found on the internet at http://www.culture. gov. uk/images/research/AE-Statistics-bulletin-2008.pdf, reports the total number of 24-hour alcohol licences in force as at 31 March 2008:

South West

1,666

East of England

383

South East

882

West Midlands

343

North West

1,352

North East

149

London

673

East Midlands

277

Yorkshire and the Humber

417

Wales

196

England and Wales

6,338

Data for the period from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 will be available in the near future and I will write to the noble Lord, placing copies of my letter in the Libraries of both Houses.