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Licensing Hours Extensions Bill passes Commons Stage Published Date: 23/05/2024

The Licensing Hours Extensions Bill has passed the Commons stage and has had its first reading in the House of Lords on the 20th of May.

The Bill will amend the Licensing Act 2003 so that licensing hours orders can be made by negative resolution statutory instrument, instead of requiring the affirmative procedure. This will apply to England and Wales.

This will make it easier to extend licensing hours in England and Wales if, for example, a UK sports teams reaches a major final and the Government wants to extend licensing hours at short notice. This will also save valuable Parliamentary time.

Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the bill – is scheduled for 14 June.