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alcohol & entertainment

DCMS is responsible for the reform of licensing law relating to the supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment in England and Wales.
As part of the fulfilment of the Government's 2001
manifesto commitments for the reform of licensing law, the Licensing Act 2003 received Royal Assent on 10 July 2003. This brings together in one statute the regulation of the use of premises for the licensable activities referred to above.  The 2003 Act is in the process of being implemented.
Further information and access to documents concerning the Act can be accessed via the Licensing Act 2003 section of this website. The information available will be subject to regular updating as that process continues.
The Minister for Sport & Tourism, Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, has day-to-day responsibility for licensing.

 The countdown to the reform of England and Wales' archaic licensing laws formally began today with the publication of key guidance by Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell. [7 July 2004]

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facts and figures
Permitted Hours for the sale of alcohol in on-licensed premises (e.g. pubs, nightclubs, restaurants) are:
11am to 11pm  (Monday to Saturday) and
12noon to 10:30pm on Sundays 
About 111,000 premises in England & Wales hold on-licences, allowing them to sell alcohol for consumption on or away from the premises. 
About 45,000 premises in England & Wales hold off-licences, allowing them to sell alcohol for consumption only away from the premises.
About 23,000 registered members' clubs hold a registration certificate, allowing them to supply alcohol to members and guests on their club premises.
Just over 9,000 premises that hold on-licences have obtained a Special Hours Certificate, one of the conditions for which is the holding of a permanent PEL.