§ 14. Mr. Pickthall
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to tackle binge-drinking associated with the 11 o'clock closing of pubs. 11W
§ Dr. Howells
The Licensing Bill will introduce flexible opening hours—with the potential for up to 24 hour opening seven days a week, although we expect most premises to extend their opening hours to a more modest extent. This will discourage the culture of binge-drinking before last orders, stimulate a more mature attitude towards alcohol consumption, and help reduce public disorder resulting from artificially early fixed closing times.