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    The British Home Secretary, Mr. Reginald Maudling, has announced that a committee of inquiry will?

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    GV EXT "Goldsmith's Arms"

    SV INT Barmaid serving

    SV Landlord calls for last orders

    SV Customers drinking

    SV Barmaid clearing away empty glasses

    SV Reporter speaks to landlord

    SV Reporter speaks to customers

    SV PAN Customers drinking

    SV EXT People leaving

    SV Landlord locking door, ZOOM INTO TO door

    TRANSCRIPTS: (SEQ 6): REPORTER: "Well look, landlord, the Home Secretary has instituted this committee of inquiry into the licensing laws. Would you like to see them changed?"

    LANDLORD: "Well, I do not think so, no. The only thing I would like to see is an extension of the ten minutes after our closing time, to say twenty minutes. People do get a bit harassed after that when we are saying "Come on, come on, ten minutes....."

    REPORTERS: "But will that not mean that you will just have to say "Come on, come on" twenty minutes later....."

    LANDLORD: "Oh no. Not if that closing time remains at eleven o'clock or half-past ten weekdays."

    REPORTER: "Well, how about afternoon opening. One of the things that Europeans think of in England is pubs closed int he afternoon."

    LANDLORD: "Yes but we are English. they are coming here to see our pubs, and our hours. If our pubs opened European hours, they could just fly to Brussels. The same as somebody in America. They could go to New York for their holidays. They would not want to come here if we was all continentalised or whatever you call it."

    REPORTER: "Don't you think that english customers want to drink in the afternoon?"

    LANDLORD: "No. I think that people in England drink to their pocket. And once that pound is gone they don't come in. They might come in Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. But they couldn't come in Friday because they can't afford it."

    (SEQ 7): REPORTER: "Now there's going to be a committee of inquiry into the licensing laws. And probably they'll got changed. Have you any suggestion as to how they might be changed?"

    CUSTOMER: "I should say that the longer they are open the better. Yes. Typically British, isn't it, this farcical state where pubs are only open so many hours a day."

    ANOTHER CUSTOMER: "Some pubs I go to open at five o'clock, they're empty. At half-past ten when they're full, then we've all got to go home."

    REPORTER: "Would you like to see children allowed into pubs?"


    REPORTER: "You think it's an adult castle, sort of thing, they should be kept out, do you?"

    SECOND CUSTOMER: "Well, not so much a castle, just more a convenience, you know, where you can have a drink without any children. There's some pubs should be allowed to have children, but some pubs not."

    REPORTER: "There are a lot of people you realise who can't go out for a drink unless they leave their children, and would come for a drink if they could take their children with them."

    SECOND CUSTOMER: "Alright. Perhaps a separate bar with no children in it. That would be a good idea."

    REPORTER: "Thank you very much."

    Initials JON/AS/ES.16.15 JON/AS/MH/1615

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    Background: The British Home Secretary, Mr. Reginald Maudling, has announced that a committee of inquiry will be set up to review the country's laws governing the sale of liquor. At present British public houses may open for a strictly limited number of hours each day. They must close between three and five in the afternoon and by half-past ten or eleven o'clock at night.

    The general demand is for more freedom in the regulations governing drinking hours. In particular people want to be able to drink later at night.

    There is also a demand for public houses or bars where children can be taken. At present no-one under the age of 14 is allowed into a pub; and no-one under the age of eighteen is allowed to drink beer, win or spirits in a pub.

    The tourist association and the tour companies want the law changed so that people can order drinks with meals at whatever time of day they choose to eat.

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