§ Dr. Julian Lewis
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with chief constables on proposals by the Magistrates Association that public houses should be allowed to serve alcohol from 6 am to coincide with World Cup matches played by England in different time-zones. 
§ Dr. Howells
I have been asked to reply.
None. The Magistrates' Association have made no such proposals. Normal licensing law will apply during the period of the World Cup in 2002. Extensions of permitted licensing hours may be granted by licensing justices but only after taking account of the views of the chief officer of police for the area concerned.