An estimated 90% of pubs are seeking to open later under the new licensing regime, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. The BBPA said that most pubs were aiming to stay open until midnight or 1am. Mark Hastings, the organisation’s spokesman, said: "With most licensees opting for a modest increase in opening hours, we are not witnessing a 'free-for-all'. "Instead, there will be more choice for consumers, with many pubs opting for limited extra time on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is very much in line with what we had predicted, bringing more choice to both the industry and its customers. It will also help the police by ending the tradition of everyone being thrown out on to the streets at the same time." Hastings said that the pub sector was on course to complete the process of licence applications on time, but added, "However, real problems remain for other sectors, such as corner shops, restaurants and late night food venues, which have not seen licence applications at the same high rates. "We have pulled out all the stops to complete the process on time. We've delivered our side, and we are now looking to the local authorities to deliver. We need to work together to ensure a smooth transition in November. Over-zealous town hall bureaucracy and unnecessary hearings could well bring the process grinding to a halt."