Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from Mr J E Pack, Wellingborough

I understand that the Government is proposing to make changes to the Sunday Observance Act and Licensing Act to permit charges to be made for admission to dances and to allow alcohol to be served until 12.30am on Sunday in places of public entertainment.

The Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 can only be used "so long as necessary protection is not reduced." Clearly in the present instance necessary protection will be reduced. Of paramount importance is the fact that the proposals will further remove the special character of Sunday as a day of rest set aside for the worship of God. Churches in urban areas especially will be disturbed and residents of areas near places of entertainment will have further cause for complaint. The ever increasing problems of crime related to drink and drugs will be worsened.

18 September 1999

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