P254 CEEFAX 254 Wed 2 Mar 21:00/11   1/3                PUB OPENING HOURS The number of people who want pubs to remain closfd during thf afternoon is decliningN According to research carried out for the English Tourist Board and British Tourist Authority by MORI, 42 per cent are now in favour of extending opening hours during the week M 35 per cent are against the proposalN Over half the adult population of England and Wales now go to a pub at least once a month the survey reveals. More
P254 CEEFAX 254 Wed 2 Mar 21:01/11   2/3                PUB OPENING HOURS The survey also discovered that some 14 million people (36 per cent of the population) are "regulars" going to a pub at least once a weekN Strongest opposition to longer opening hours comes mainly from the 20 per cent of the adult population who never visit a pubN Fifty-nhne per cent of the 20 million pfople who visit a pub at least once a month favour longer openingN More
P254 CEEFAX 254 Wed 2 Mar 21:01/00   3/3                PUB OPENING HOURS For some time, the BTA, ETB and Wales Tourist Board have campaigned to extend pub licenrhng hoursN ETB Chief Executive said: "There is growing support for changing our antiquated licensing lawsN We believe up to 25,000 new jobs, mainly in catering, will be created by more flexible opening hours." In Scotland, extended openhng has led to a third of all pubs taking on more staff, mainly to serve foodN More