Amendment of Part Xii of the Licensing Act 1964

Part of Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 12th May 2000.

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Photo of Eric Forth Eric Forth Conservative, Bromley and Chislehurst 10:30 am, 12th May 2000

Again, I am grateful to the hon. Member for Garston for her intervention. The more we consider clause 1, the more we need solid reassurance from the promoter, or the Minister, that he is satisfied that it is both as tight and as wide ranging as it should be. Section 169 of the Licensing Act 1964, to which the clause applies, provides that previous sections do not apply when the sale, purchase or consumption of alcohol takes place at a meal in the part of the licensed premises that is not a bar and is usually set aside for the service of meals. In a roundabout way, that gives a hint of the variety of ways in which intoxicating liquor can properly be purchased and consumed.