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Thread #70681   Message #1303802
Posted By: The Shambles
22-Oct-04 - 08:54 AM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
The following from Hamish Birchall.

On 25 August, licensing minister Richard Caborn claimed that the MORI live music survey showed 'an estimated 1.7 million gigs were staged in the past year alone in bars, clubs and restaurants whose main business isn't putting on live music'. [DCMS press release]

This now looks shaky. Analysis of the survey data suggests that an estimate of 855,000 would be nearer the mark. So how did licensing minister Richard Caborn get 1.7 million?

By 13 October, the government position had changed. Questioned in the House of Lords, government whip Lord Evans of Temple Guiting said the MORI survey showed that there were '... around 1.7 million live music events in England and Wales in the previous 12 months'.

So, was 1.7 million the estimate for all venues combined, as Lord Evans implies, or just for 'bars, clubs and restaurants', as Caborn claimed?

And what about venues whose main business was putting on live music? The survey itself says that: 'It focused on those venues in which it was thought the new licensing arrangements may have the biggest impact, and whose core business (for the majority of them) is not staging live music.' Does that mean that the survey includes some venues whose core business was staging live music?

Expect more Parliamentary questions.

Hamish Birchall