Whenever a Rugby World Cup is on, Parliament has to legislate around the bureaucratic hurdles that District Licensing Committees have put in the way of issuing special licences.
Special licenses are supposed to allow bars to open at hours other than their normal licensed hours, if there’s some kind of special event on. And Parliament even noted international sporting events in the rationale for the special licences.Aimee Dartnall goes through the problems in how that works in practice:
Generally, applying for a special licence is a bureaucratic nightmare. First, applicants must contrive a special "event", and charge people to attend.Then they need to file an application at least 20 working days before the event to give the police, the medical officer of health and the licensing