Under the current system all sales of alcohol have to be made or authorised by a personal licence holder. In September 2013, the Home Office launched a consultation on the proposed abolition of this requirement, which sought views on proposals to:

  1. amend licence conditions so that all alcohol sales have to be authorised by the DPS and not the personal licence holder;
  2. grant the police the right to object to a new DPS based on the crime prevention objective in general. The current position only allows for objections in “exceptional circumstances”;
  3. allow licensing authorities to require a criminal records declaration with each new change of a DPS; and
  4. allow those named as the DPS on a premises licence or those who have accredited training to lodge up to 50 Temporary Event Notices a year and to limit those without such training to lodge only five.

The aims of the consultation were to help reduce the regulatory burden on businesses as well as help tackle crime and disorder. The response to the consultation was published on 24 March 2014 and confirms that the Government has decided not to proceed with the proposal to abolish the personal licence system.

Responses received focused on concerns that additional conditions instead of a personal licence would not in fact reduce the burden but instead have quite the opposite effect and complicate matters. The consultation states that the Government will maintain an open dialogue with stakeholders and has not ruled out the possibility of future changes to personal licences.