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Pubs could open later for jubilee

All pubs and bars could be allowed to stay open late for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend under Government plans, the Home Secretary has said.

Theresa May said the extension would allow pubs, bars, community and village halls and other licensed venues in England and Wales to open until 1am for the celebrations on the nights of Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2 next year.

The licensing laws should be relaxed as it will be "an occasion for national celebration", Mrs May said.

She told MPs: "The Government considers that, as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is an occasion for national celebration, licensing hours should be relaxed in all licensed premises in England and Wales."

Mrs May said late-night drinking "can lead to crime and disorder and public nuisance" so only a "modest relaxation" of licensing hours was being proposed.

Home Office minister Lord Henley added: "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a time of national celebration and people up and down the country will want to join in the festivities."

A consultation on the proposals will run for the next seven weeks.

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