The Government has announced plans to grant automatic alcohol licence extensions during the extended bank holiday in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A consultation has been launched to grant extensions for the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment until 1am on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June. Due to the celebration, the May bank holiday has been moved to 4 June and there will be an extra Jubilee bank holiday on Tuesday 5 June. The proposal, which mirrors similar action around the royal wedding in April this year. would only apply to England and Wales. The seven-week consultation from the Home Office runs until 1 December. It asks for views on whether the licence extension would increase crime and anti-social area locally. There’s also a section for licensed operators, asking if they would take advantage of the later trading hours. The Home Office assumes that 5%-10% of licensed premises will take advantage of the extension, saving £360,000 in acquiring temporary events notices, in addition to the extra trading income. While the Home Office prefers the idea of later opening on the Saturday and Sunday, the consultation asks if the extension should apply to 1am on Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June as an alternative. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “This is good news, as we have been calling for extra hours which will keep Britain’s pubs right at the heart of this huge national celebration, just as they were for the Royal Wedding. “We will be hoping to persuade the Government to extend this further, and certainly to the Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies.” Kate Nicholls, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers strategic affairs director, said: “We are delighted the government is again giving pubs the chance to join in a major national celebration. We are particularly pleased the consultation is being conducted at an early stage, allowing operators to forward plan and help make the celebrations extra special for communities across the country. “As was shown with the success of the royal wedding celebrations, when the Government took a similar approach to licensing, pubs can play a leading role in helping the public celebrate, while showcasing world famous British hospitality at its best.” View the consultation here: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/jubilee-licensing/