Letter from Mr J E Pack, Wellingborough|
I understand that the Government is proposing to
make changes to the Sunday Observance Act and Licensing Act to
permit charges to be made for admission to dances and to allow
alcohol to be served until 12.30am on Sunday in places of public
The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 can
only be used "so long as necessary protection is not reduced."
Clearly in the present instance necessary protection will be reduced.
Of paramount importance is the fact that the proposals will further
remove the special character of Sunday as a day of rest set aside
for the worship of God. Churches in urban areas especially will
be disturbed and residents of areas near places of entertainment
will have further cause for complaint. The ever increasing problems
of crime related to drink and drugs will be worsened.
18 September 1999