Licensing – Royal Wedding – Update
Parliament has now approved the draft Order which serves to extend licensing hours on the occasion of the forthcoming Royal Wedding.
As previously reported, the Order allows licensed premises in England and Wales to open for an extra two hours for licensable activities, as follows:
- Friday 18 May 2018 – from 23.00 to 01.00 the following morning; and
- Saturday 19 May 2018 – from 23.00 to 01.00 the following morning.
NB – The Order will only apply to premises licensed for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises (including the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment where those premises are already licensed to provide this). It will not cover regulated entertainment or late night refreshment licences where the premises does not hold a licence to sell alcohol. Off licensed premises are not covered in the Order.
Any premises that do not benefit from the Order, or wish to trade later than 01.00, can submit a Temporary Event Notice, but time is now tight for so doing.
Portman Group – Code of Practice review
The Portman Group (the responsibility body for drinks producers in the UK) has announced the fifth major review of its Code of Practice to future proof the framework that governs alcohol marketing in the UK.
Some of the key issues being raised include:
- Changes in mood or behaviour – giving the Independent Complaints Panel (ICP) further powers to rule against implications that alcohol consumption will ‘improve’ mental/physical capabilities;
- Defining immoderate consumption – establishing a new and credible definition for assessing complaints about irresponsible sampling promotions or packaging such as single-serve, non-resealable containers, following the removal of daily guidelines from the Chief Medical Officers’ lower risk drinking guidelines;
- Offering additional protection to vulnerable individuals – by amending the Code to protect those that are socially or mentally vulnerable;
- Strengthening the code to prohibit direct or indirect links with alcohol and illegal activity;
- Introducing a new rule with supporting guidance addressing serious and widespread offence, such as sexism in marketing.
Stakeholders are also invited to identify new issues or concerns, in particular around technology and the evolving marketing and consumer landscape.
The full Consultation can be found here.
The consultation ends on 6 July 2018