The latest Government figures for alcohol and late night refreshment licences are out.  

Two points stand out for me.

First, the ongoing climb in the number of premises licences suggests a general resilience in the sector, which is encouraging.  Challenges obviously remain, broad figures should be approached with caution, and there are still pockets of decline.  But there is nevertheless a steady upward trend.

Second, contrary to the popular perception, the number of pubs, bars and nightclubs with 24 hour licences is very small (some 0.33% of all licences), and diminishing.  That decline is something that can be seen in late licences generally, not just 24 hour licences.