December 21 2014 Latest news:
Monday, February 3, 2014
With news that prime minister David Cameron has ordered a rethink on pub opening times for England’s World Cup games, we are asking where you will watch the games.
Cameron intervened after the the Home Office rejected a call from the British Beer and Pub Association to allow serving times to be extended for two weekends during the competition.
England’s first match will kick off at 11pm UK time on Saturday, June 14.
The Home Secretary can allow extended opening hours for occasions of “exceptional international, national or local significance”, and granted a national extension during the Queen’s Jubilee, but said the World Cup did not meet the criteria.
Crime prevention minister Norman Baker said: “We have no plans to extend licensing hours for this year’s World Cup. It is our normal practice to only extend licensing hours under the Licensing Act 2003 in exceptional circumstances, usually for one-off events such as the Diamond Jubilee rather than prolonged periods.
“Premises which wish to open longer during this time can do so by applying for a Temporary Event Notice extension. This gives local authorities and police an opportunity to feed into the decision making process, allowing them to allocate resources if necessary.”
Do you plan to watch the match in a pub, at home, or somewhere else?