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Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

The number of years penalty points should remain on a club's licence came under the spotlight in the assembly, on 14 February 2011.

Sinn Fein's Fra McCann chose not to move his amendment to reduce the period of time from three years to 12 months at the further consideration stage of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill.

Social Development Committee chairperson Simon Hamilton said he was glad the amendment had been withdrawn but admitted he also felt three years "seemed to be a long time to have points sitting there".

He said he felt the SDLP amendment reducing the time to two years was sufficient time to "bear down on bad behaviour".

A further SDLP amendment to extend the time minors are allowed to stay on licensed sporting club premises until 10pm was supported by the Alliance party and Sinn Fein, but rejected by the DUP.

The DUP's Jonathan Craig said an extension of the time would "totally go against what the bill was trying to achieve".

Social Development Minster Alex Attwood commended his amendment on advertising which he suggested must state "for members only".

He said he and Justice Minister David Ford were planning to meet PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott over a range of licensing issues and breaches of current law.

All moved amendments were passed on a oral vote.

Watch the second part of the debate here

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