January 29, 2007

JUST ANOTHER FAILED EXPERIMENT:

Pub law U-turn will curb opening hours (Sam Coates, 1/29/07, Times of London)

The Government is preparing to make a substantial U-turn over 24-hour drinking by making it harder for pubs to open later in future amid the first signs they realise that the policy went too far too fast.

Tessa Jowell will unveil the latest controversial change to social policy tomorrow by announcing the location of Britain's first super-casino, which will bring £1 million slot machines into this country for the first time.

But The Times can reveal that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is attempting to curb the development of a 24-hour drinking culture by changing the guidance to councils to spell out that there is "no general presumption in favour of lengthening licensing hours".

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2007 12:00 AM
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