HC Deb 27 April 1988 vol 132 cc474-5

Lords amendment: No. 2, in page 1, line 16, at end insert— ( ) In subsection (6) of that section (premises licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the premises), the words 'half past' shall be omitted.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Madam Deputy Speaker

With this it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendment No. 17.

Mr. Hogg

The amendment will allow off-licences to open at 8 am. Again, I invite the House to accept the amendment.

At the moment, off-licences can open at 8.30 am. The amendment therefore advances the hour by 30 minutes. That coincides with many opening hours and helps the early shopper. I cannot say that it is wrong in principle, and, on that basis, I commend it to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

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