A major Cabinet revolt is forcing the government to water down its 24-hour drinking legislation, The Mail on Sunday claims. Town hall chiefs are to be given more power to restrict licensees following pressure from householders. One minister is quoted as saying that the government cannot be seen to be "advocating drunkenness and thuggery". The newspaper quotes the example of The Scarsdale pub in Kensington, west London, where the local authority has received 300 letters protesting about plans to extend its hours and introduce "unsociable music" like karaoke. Nearby residents have hired lawyers to represent them and have been backed by local Tory MP Malcolm Rifkind. Licensing Minister James Purnell now plans to write to every local authority telling them they must listen to the view of the public. A spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association said it seemed to be a "changing situation". The Sunday Telegraph claims the move is a climbdown by the government, while The Observer describes it as a "truce". According to The Sunday Times, ministers will announce this week that they plan to review the new law within three months of it coming into force. The Mail on Sunday 18/09/05 page 7 The Sunday Times 18/09/05 page 2 The Sunday Telegraph 18/09/05 page 2 The Observer 18/09/05 page 6