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The Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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Special occasion authorisations

Authorisations for special occasions

25.—(1) On the application of a registered club, a sub-divisional commander for the police sub-division in which the premises are situated may in writing authorise the club to supply, to members of the club and to guests of members of the club, intoxicating liquor during any 1 period specified in the authorisation.

(2) Not more than 20 authorisations shall be granted under this Article to any club in any year.

(3) Nothing in this Article shall permit an authorisation under paragraph (1) to authorise the supply of intoxicating liquor on any Sunday (not being Easter Day) after 1 in the morning, or on Christmas Day, Easter Day or Good Friday or—

(a)in the case of a club other than a nightworkers club, during any part of the period from 1 in any morning to half past 11 in that morning; or

(b)in the case of a nightworkers club, for a period exceeding 2 hours in duration.

(4) Where an authorisation is in force—

(a)Article 20 or 21 shall not prohibit—

(i)the opening or keeping open of any bar on the premises of a registered club for, or the supply of intoxicating liquor in the club premises to, members of the club or guests of members of the club during any period specified in an authorisation under paragraph (1); or

(ii)the obtaining by such persons of intoxicating liquor during that period; or

(iii)the consumption by such persons, or permitting the consumption of intoxicating liquor during that period and the first 30 minutes after the conclusion of that period; or

(b)in the case of a nightworkers club, the rules of the club or Article 5(3) shall not prohibit the admission of guests of members to, or their presence in, the premises of the club during that period.

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