The Government has consulted on a proposal to make a Licensing Hours Extension Order under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 to relax licensing hours nationally to celebrate the wedding of HRH Prince Henry and Ms Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018. Following this consultation, the Government has decided to extend licensing hours on the nights of Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May until 0100AM the following mornings to mark this occasion of national celebration.
The Order will apply to the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises and the provision of late-night refreshment in premises already licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises in England and Wales.
The Government response to the consultation and an accompanying Impact Assessment were published yesterday on the Home Office website, available at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/relaxation-of-licensing-hours-for-the-royal-wedding. Copies will also be placed in the House Library.