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Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021

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  1. Introduction

  2. Background and Policy Objectives

  3. Overview of the Act

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1


      1. Section 1: Removal of additional restrictions at Easter

      2. Section 2: Removal of restrictions on late opening for on-sales on Sunday

      3. Section 3: Public houses and hotels: further additional hours

      4. Section 4: Alignment of closing time for liquor and entertainment

      5. Section 5: Police authorisations for additional hours

      6. Section 6: Extension of “drinking-up time”

      7. Section 7: Major events

      8. Section 8: Licensed race tracks: Sunday sales

      9. Section 9: Places of public entertainment: inclusion of cinemas

      10. Section 10: Licence for off-sales

      11. Section 11: Sales and consumption of liquor in local producer’s premises

      12. Section 12: Requirement for off-licence

      13. Section 13: Removal of requirement for children’s certificate, etc.

      14. Section 14: Underage functions

      15. Section 15: Private functions

      16. Section 16: Delivery of intoxicating liquor to young persons

      17. Section 17: Restaurants and guest houses: notice displaying licence conditions

      18. Section 18: Prohibition on self-service and sales by vending machines

      19. Section 19: Restrictions on off-sales drinks promotions in supermarkets etc.

      20. Section 20: Prohibition of loyalty schemes

      21. Section 21: Minimum price for alcohol

      22. Section 22: Occasional licences: conditions

      23. Section 23: Independent review of licensing system including surrender principle

      24. Section 24: Annual publication of the number of licences

      25. Section 25: Code of practice

      26. Section 26: Body corporate: change of directors

      27. Section 27: Removal of exemption for angostura bitters

    2. Part 2

      Registration of Clubs

      1. Section 28: Sporting clubs

      2. Section 29: Consent required for alterations to premises

      3. Section 30: Removal of additional restrictions at Easter

      4. Section 31: Removal of restrictions on late opening on Sunday

      5. Section 32: Extension of “drinking-up time”

      6. Section 33: Increase in number of authorisations for special occasions

      7. Section 34: Major events

      8. Section 35: Removal of requirement for children’s certificate, etc.

      9. Section 36: Underage functions

      10. Section 37: Private functions

      11. Section 38: Young people prohibited from bars

      12. Section 39: Prohibition on self-service and supply by vending machines

      13. Section 40: Restrictions relating to advertisements

      14. Section 41: Code of practice

    3. Part 3


      1. Section 42: Guidance

      2. Section 43: Review

      3. Section 45: Minor and consequential amendments

  5. Schedules to the Act

    1. Schedule 1

      1. Minor and consequential amendments

  6. Hansard Reports

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