Kebab shops could be forced to close because they are failing to apply for new licences designed to stamp out antisocial behaviour, a Black Country MP has warned.
Adrian Bailey (Lab West Bromwich West) invited Ministers to visit his constituency and enjoy a kebab, so they could publicise the licensing scheme.
Pubs, clubs and late night takeaways all need new licences - and Ministers have warned that if they fail to apply by August 6, they will be forced to close over Christmas.
For the first time, anyone selling refreshments between 11pm and 5am will need a licence, including balti restaurants, late-night kebab shops and burger vans.
Ministers included them in the legislation because of fears they can become centres of anti-social behaviour after pubs close.
But Birmingham City Council said it had still received applications from only 567 premises out of 2,500 in the city that will be covered by the legislation.
And in the House of Commons, Mr Bailey said: "In Sandwell, we have 23 kebab sellers, not one of which has as yet applied for the licence."
But added: "I have received correspondence from any number of my electors about nuisance from pubs, about antisocial behaviour generated by binge drinking youths and about clubs and publicans who were not prepared to recognise the legitimate concern of their neighbours about noise nuisance."
Landlords have to provide full plans for their pubs.
It is believed this could involve paying consultants up to £350.