Lords endorse a quiet late night drink for Queen’s 90th birthday
Following a short discusion last week the House of Lords agreed to endorse the extension of pub opening hours for two hours beyond 11pm, for the Queen’s official birthday of June 10th and 11th. The view was presented that this would save the time and expense of pubs wishing to mark the occassion applying for Temporary Event Notices to extend their hours. This debate has been seen before – when extended licensing was approved for England matches during the football World Cup in 2014. The fears of local authorities that noise problems might occur were not realised – as England were knocked out of the competition early! There has been less concern expressed about extended licensing to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. Liberal Democrat Lord Redesdale confessed his interest as the owner of a Northumberland pub, but said ‘I cannot see it being anything other than a quiet or celebratory event.’ So it will be a late night quiet pint and cheers to Her Majesty, thanks to the Licensing Act 2003 (Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Licensing Hours) Order 2016 .