The relaxation of licensing laws will cut the number of police available during the day, according to the Police Federation. Alan Gordon, vice chairman of the Police Federation, said: "There are only limited resources. If we have got to keep putting more people on at night, that's going to start having an effect on the day shift." Peter Fahy, the chief constable of Cheshire Police, told the BBC: "A lot of people complain they don't see police on the beat during the day. The reasons are that a lot of those bobbies are working late into the night until two, three o'clock, four o'clock in the morning." James Purnell, the licensing minister, has continued to maintain that the new regime will come into force on 24 November.