Licensed Premises (Opening Hours) Bill, 1999: First Stage.

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend and extend the Licensing Acts, 1927 to 1997, in order to extend opening times for licensed premises to 12.30 o'clock in the morning; to abolish the "holy hour" on Sundays; to extend opening hours on St. Patrick's Day; and to provide for related matters.

Is the Bill opposed?

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That Second Stage be taken in Private Members' time."

Question put and agreed to.