Select Committee on Deregulation and Regulatory Reform First Report

Appendix 11

Letter to the Clerk of the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee from the Acting Chief Executive, The British Institute of Innkeeping (dated 17 September 2001)

Thank you for your letter of July 19, 2001 with regards to the Regulatory Reform Order for New Year's Eve licensing hours.

The BII understands the problems caused by the Parliamentary timetable. However, Deregulation this year was, following the Millennium experience, meant to be a test case in more usual circumstances. Therefore, continuing the deregulation process is important for the future and there would be great disappointment, and indeed some scepticism, if this didn't happen.

Furthermore, even if the order only came into effect in December, it would bring conformity across England and Wales thus alleviating injustices created by differing licensing conditions existing side by side on New Year's Eve.

As an Institute, we do hope that you will encourage the Deregulation and Regulatory Reform Committee to keep this issue on the table. We support the call from the Brewers and Licensed Retailers Association to give oral evidence to the Committee to strengthen the case.

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