The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has estimated that 90% of publicans submitted their applications under the new Licensing Act before last Saturday’s deadline, with 75% of applications received overall. It is estimated that around 50,000 businesses failed to meet the deadline out of a total of 190,000. A spokesman said: "We are by no means complacent but good progress has been made." The Local Government Association warned operators: "Don't think you'll be able to put your licence application in at the end of October and get it back in time." The BBPA estimated that 90% of pubs have applied to extend their opening hours beyond the current 11pm limit – typically to between midnight and 3am. In Camden, London, Robert Scourfield, assistant director for environment, Camden Council, said: "We are confident that everyone will be licensed and able to trade in time for November. Camden Council has done everything within its power to get applications in on time, offering workshops, translators and one-to one assistance with filling in forms. Our awareness raising has clearly worked because the vast majority of licensees have responded. We estimate that between 75% and 80% of the borough’s licensees managed to meet the deadline. "We are advising licensees who have missed the deadline not to panic. They may have missed the chance to transfer their existing rights, but their business is not at risk just yet. If businesses submit new applications by late September, their applications can still be processed before their current licences expire in November. Camden Council’s Licensing Team will now be targeting all outstanding applicants, contacting them individually and helping them to make a new application."