§ Mr. Hayward
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how soon after the key findings of the report by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys on attitudes to the licensing laws in Scotland are available to Her Majesty's Government in June he intends to publish his recommendations regarding the future of the licensing laws in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Mellor
My right hon. and learned Friend will want to consider carefully both the preliminary key findings of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys' report and the subsequent full report before deciding whether relaxations in the permitted opening hours of licensed premises in England and Wales should be introduced. He is fully aware of the extent of public interest in this matter, and will wish to make a statement as soon as possible.