The Licensing Act, 1961: 1

AuthorKeith Jempson
DOI10.1177/0032258X6103400607
Date01 November 1961
Published date01 November 1961
Subject MatterArticle
CHIEF
INSPECTOR
KEITH
JEMPSON
Surrey Constabulary
Chief Inspector Jempson deals in this article with Part I and some
of
Part
II
of
the Licensing Act, 1961. The remainder
of
Part II and Part
III
will be dealt with in a second article.
The
Licensing
Act,
1961:
1
INTRODUCTION
The Licensing Act, 1961, begins cautiously with the word, "Except
...
" as though uncomfortably aware that since 1953 a further 39
Acts of Parliament containing some reference to licensing have
been put into effect. It does not repeat the consolidating process
of
The Alehouse Act, 1828, The Licensing (Consolidation) Act,
1910, and the Licensing Act, 1953, but amends and makes further
provisions. Its 30 references and 22 repeals go back to 1750.
The new Act is divided into four:
Part I: Licensed Restaurants and Guest Houses (ss. 1 to 4 and
first schedule, in force on November 1, 1961).
Part II: Amendments to Permitted Hours and the Protection of
Young Persons (ss. 5 to 24, second, third and fourth schedules,
most
of
which come into force on November 1, 1961).
Part III: Sale and Supply of Intoxicating Liquor in Club premises:
Registration, Licensing and Search Warrants (ss. 25 to 36:
fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth schedules, most
of
which come
into force on March 1, 1962).
Part IV: Supplementary, Interpretation, Repeal and Commencement
(ss. 37 and 38: ninth schedule).
This Act extends to England and Wales and will be entirely in
operation by March 1, 1962. Sections 6 (relating to polls for Sunday
closing in Wales and Monmouthshire) and 35 (Licensing
of
club
premises) came into force on August 3, 1961, when the Act was
passed.
Provisions in ss. 5 (1) to (6) and (8)
to
(12) about permitted hours
for licensed premises and clubs generally, and in s. 9 about extended
hours in restaurants which provide entertainment, come into force
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