HC Deb 01 November 1988 vol 139 c572W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to combat noise pollution arising from public houses in residential areas.

Mr. Douglas Hogg

In addition to their existing powers, the Licensing Act 1988 empowered licensing justices to make restriction orders, on grounds of disturbance, to limit or nullify the extended opening hours provided for in the Act, to exercise greater control over late-night extensions and to revoke licences at any licensing session following receipt of a complaint. A circular was issued in August drawing to the attention of the courts and the police the wide powers available to them to prevent and curb disorder, infringements of the licensing law and drunkennness.