As we reported on previously, following a Home Office consultation earlier this year it was confirmed that licensing hours would be relaxed for premises during England World Cup matches with a kick off time of 8pm or later. This was controversially not extended to Wales.

However, new regulations have now been announced that will allow Welsh premises to extend their licensed hours during evening England matches by applying for a specific form of temporary event notice (TEN). No fees will be charged for such TEN applications.

Although the relaxation will not be automatic in Wales, the removal of the fee does at least go some way towards recognising that some premises in Wales were also keen to extend their licensing hours for the England matches.

With England's first World Cup match less than 2 weeks away operators will need to get ensure that they lodge their TEN applications as a matter of urgency.

As a foot note to this, in Scotland however a contrary view has been taken by the Licensing Board in Aberdeen where a number of requests had been received for occasional licence extensions. The Board rejected these applications on the basis that the World Cup was not "an event of local or national importance"!