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Licensing Laws

Asked what the Government’s message was to people taking advantage of the new licensing laws coming into force tomorrow, the PMOS said that as we had said all along this change in the law was designed to do two things. Firstly it allowed those who were responsible to enjoy a drink when they wanted and secondly to allow the police, local authorities and local neighbourhoods to take action against problem premises. The Prime Minister hoped that both things would happen.

Asked for reaction to assertions that this will nevertheless cause more drink related crime, the PMOS said that he didn’t think that police officers and those premises with action taken against them would take that view. These powers would be used and would be used for the first time by local neighbourhoods. Put to him that in the majority of appeals against licenses which had already taken place the judges had found in favour of the licensee rather than local residents, the PMOS said that we should not generalise. It was wrong to hang everything on a couple of cases. We should see what happened when the process was worked through.

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