CLEETHORPES MP Martin Vickers has called for the debate surrounding 24-hour drinking to be reopened – after he saw first-hand the resources needed to support North East Lincolnshire's night-time economy.
The Conservative MP spent last weekend out on patrol with Humberside's Police And Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove.
Now he has called for a debate on the licensing laws following his experience shadowing officers from Humberside Police.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Commons, Mr Vickers said: "Last Saturday night and into Sunday morning, I went out on patrol with Humberside police officers, the excellent Police And Crime Commissioner for Humberside, Matthew Grove, and the magnificent street angels into the streets of Cleethorpes to view the night-time economy.
"It became evident that a review of the current licensing laws is necessary. Will the Deputy Leader of the House find Government time for a debate on such matters?"
Speaking after the exchange, Mr Vickers said that it was time to revisit the debate over the licensing laws.
"After spending the night on patrol, it was obvious that the arguments supporting 24-hour licensing, which I initially supported, are flawed. The huge amount of resources that are being used, such as the number of police and ambulance crews who are needed to help keep a handful of bars open until 5 in the morning, expose a waste of taxpayers' money."
In response to Mr Vickers' request, the Deputy Leader of the House, Tom Brake, said he was "not in a position" to announce time for a general debate on the subject but invited the Tory MP to apply for an Adjournment debate.
Mr Brake said: "I am afraid that I am not in a position to announce time for such a debate.
"The Hon Gentleman might want to try to secure an Adjournment debate.
"I am sure that colleagues on both sides of the House will have strong views about their own nightlife and the impact of licensing laws on it.
"He rightly highlighted the work done by the street angels on his patch."
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