Radical Changes to Liquor Licensing Law

The Home Secretary has unveiled plans on April 10 to biggest changes to Liquor Law in England and Wales since 1915 (Scotland has its own system). These proposals include the removal of fixed opening hours and restrictions on Sunday opening. Those restrictions are thought to have encouraged binge drinking. There would also be greater access to pubs for children. This latter measure would reflect mainland European practise and is thought will encourage tourism.Responsibility for licensing would be transferred from magistrates courts to local government authorities. They would be empowered to impose conditions such as the use of closed circuit TV, employment of registered security guards and soundproofing of premises.The new law would also contain tough penalties for those engaged in violent or drunken behaviour and those who run unrully premises.

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