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Thread #53551   Message #825105
Posted By: Grab
13-Nov-02 - 08:57 AM
Thread Name: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms
Subject: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms

The Queen's Speech has just happened. Full text is here.

We were expecting some news about the new licensing laws which would do away with the "two in a bar" rule. The speech only says briefly that there will be new licensing laws, but gives no details of them:-

"My government will bring forward legislation to streamline the licensing system for premises selling alcohol. This will abolish fixed opening hours and introduce a range of measures to reduce antisocial behaviour."

Disappointing. To be fair though, there was a lot of other stuff in there too, so we can't realistically expect a lot of detail on what is quite a minor issue nationwide - it's a big deal for musicians, but musicians playing in sessions are definitely a minority compared to people worried about crime/asylum seekers/town planning.

We'll have to wait and see for the details, I guess. I'm sure Shambles will post any new info about this, as it arrives.