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Explanatory Memorandum to Licensing (Indoor Arenas) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Article 4: Licences for indoor arenas

Paragraph (1) introduces amendments, contained in paragraphs (2) and (3), to Article 5 of the principal Order.  That Article specifies the premises for which licences may be granted.

Paragraph (2) adds an indoor arena to the list of premises contained in Article 5(1), for which licences may be granted.

Paragraph (3) adds an indoor arena to the premises referred to in Article 5(3) and (6).  The effect of the amendment is that, a licence will not authorise the sale of alcohol in an indoor arena unless there is being carried on in the premises a business of the type normally carried on and the sale of alcohol is ancillary to that business.  In addition, the licence does not authorise the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises.  Contravention of these restrictions is an offence.

Paragraph (4) amends Article 22 of the principal Order which deals with the transfer of licences.  By extending paragraph (6)(c)(ii) of that Article, a court will be required to refuse an application for the transfer of an indoor arena licence unless it is satisfied that the business to which the sale of alcohol is ancillary has not been discontinued.

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