Monday, November 21, 2005

0.175% of pubs will open round-the-clock

Tim Hames provides some much-needed context to the "24-hour licensing" wailing:

There are about 200,000 pubs, clubs and hotels with a licence to serve alcohol. Of these, 80,000, or 40 per cent, sought an extension of any kind; the majority did not. Of them, 40,000, or half of the applicants, managed to alter their arrangements without new conditions being imposed on them.

A tiny collection of about 165 pubs, 75 clubs and 110 hotels have sought and won the theoretical right to serve drink around the clock — and even then almost every one of them intends to do so only infrequently. This figure constitutes 0.4375 per cent of those establishments that wanted different hours and 0.175 per cent of the entire assembly of pubs, clubs and hotels available.

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