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46 Sunday opening of licensed premises.S

(1)The amendment by section 45 of this Act of section 53 of the principal Act shall not permit the opening for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday of premises for which there is in force a public house licence or a refreshment licence unless—

(a)the grant, provisional grant or renewal of such licence was in response to an application which stated that it was the intention of the applicant that the premises should be open for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday; or

(b)before such a licence has been renewed, the licensing board has granted an application for Sunday opening in respect of the premises in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 4 to the principal Act,

and, subject to subsection (8) below, the said Schedule 4 shall continue to have effect until all such licences in force at the commencement of this Act have been renewed or have ceased to have effect.

(2)In section 10 of the principal Act (applications for licences)—

(a)after subsection (3) there shall be added the following subsection—

(3A)In the case of an application for the grant, the provisional grant or the renewal of a public house licence or a refreshment licence, the application shall state whether the applicant intends the premises to be open for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday.; and

(b)after subsection (7) there shall be added the following subsection—

(8)A notice as mentioned in subsection (2) above and notice under subsection (5) above shall include a statement as to whether the applicant intends the premises to be open for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday..

(3)In section 12 of that Act (publication of list of applications), at the end of subsection (2), there shall be added the following paragraph—

(f)in the case of an application for a public house licence or a refreshment licence, whether the applicant intends the premises to be open for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday..

(4)In section 17 of that Act (grounds for refusal of application)—

(a)after subsection (2) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(2A)A licensing board shall refuse to grant or renew a public house or a refreshment licence in respect of the permitted hours on a Sunday if it finds that the opening and use on a Sunday of the premises to which the application relates would cause undue disturbance or public nuisance in the locality, but the refusal of an application on that ground alone shall not prevent the licensing board from granting the application in respect of days other than Sundays..

(b)in subsection (4), after the words “transfer the licence” there shall be inserted the words “ or to grant the licence in respect of the permitted hours on a Sunday ”.

(5)In section 59 (restaurants in public houses to have permitted hours on Sundays), for the words “an application for Sunday opening has not been granted under Schedule 4 to this Act” there shall be substituted the words “ there are no permitted hours on a Sunday ”.

(6)In section 60 (other extensions of permitted hours on Sundays), for the words “an application for Sunday opening has been granted under Schedule 4 to this Act” there shall be substituted the words “ there are permitted hours on Sundays in accordance with section 53 of this Act ”.

(7)In section 64 (extensions to permitted hours), for subsection (4) there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(4)A licensing board shall not grant an application from the holder of a public house licence for an occasional or regular extension of permitted hours on Sundays except—

(a)as respects premises to which section 59 of this Act applies and for the purposes of that section; and

(b)in the case of other premises, as respects any period or periods after half-past two in the afternoon,

and the board shall refuse to grant such an application if it finds that the extension of permitted hours would cause undue disturbance or public nuisance in the locality.

(4A)Nothing in subsection (4)

above shall prevent the granting of an application for an occasional or regular extension of permitted hours on a Saturday for a period which continues into Sunday morning.

(8)In Schedule 4 to the principal Act (provision for Sunday opening of premises with a public house or refreshment licence)—

(a)in paragraph 1, the words “as mentioned in section 53(2) of this Act” shall cease to have effect;

(b)in paragraph 15, the words “or 12 above” shall cease to have effect;

(c)after paragraph 15 there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

15AIf an application for renewal of a public house licence or a refreshment licence includes a statement that the applicant intends that the premises should be open for the sale or supply of alcoholic liquor during the permitted hours on a Sunday and if there is currently in force the grant of an application for Sunday opening, that grant shall continue to have effect—

(a)until the renewal application is granted by the board;

(b)if the renewal application is refused by the board, or refused in respect of Sunday opening, until the time within which an appeal may be made has elapsed, or if an appeal has been lodged, until the appeal has been abandoned or determined.; and

(d)paragraphs 12 to 14, 16 and 17 shall cease to have effect.

(9)Expressions used in this section and in the principal Act shall have the same meaning as in that Act.

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