World Cup boost for the British Beer and Pub Association as Prime Minister steps in
It has been widely reported that David Cameron has ordered a rethink on the decision by the Home Office to turn down an application from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) for a national extension to cater for England’s group match with Italy and also the finals weekend at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
England’s game against Italy takes place on 14th June in Manaus and is due to kick-off at 11pm BST. The BBPA had asked the Government to consider making a Licensing Hours Order to extend the hours for premises to 1am.
The Home Office turned down the BBPA’s application on the basis that it was not a case of "exceptional circumstances". There is provision within Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the Secretary of State to make a Licensing Hours Order where he considers that a period or event is an occasion of exceptional international, national or local significance. The effect of a Licensing Hours Order is that during the specified period, premises may open for licensable activities between the times specified in the Order without having to make an application for a Temporary Event Notice.
It remains to be seen whether or not a Licensing Hours Order will be made following Mr Cameron’s consultation process. However, pubs may well consider it worth making an application for a Temporary Event Notice in any event as the fee of £23.00 would buy an operator the certainty of being able to open rather than having to rely on politicians.
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