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Thread #97079   Message #1993222
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
11-Mar-07 - 03:38 AM
Thread Name: UK Licensing Act - another petition.
Subject: RE: UK Licensing Act - another petition.
People seem to be reading this thread but not the new one about the Early Day Motion, which keeps falling off the bottom of the page.

The government can happily ignore the petition, but the early day motion is a different matter. This development could the the breakthrough if enough MPs sign.

Everyone who signed the petition needs to now contact his or her MP and ask them to sign the Early Day Motion here: CLICK THIS

Notice how few MPs have signed so far.

If you don't know who your MP is, CLICK THIS It's very easy to contact your MP, and they're far more likely to react to a constituent than the PM is to a petition.

If you want some words to help you with your message REWRITE THIS.

"It is important to use your own words, but some of these points may help:

* The most recent DCMS/MORI research found that 40% of smaller venues have lost any automatic entitlement to live music as a result of the new Licensing Act ('Licensing Act 2003 - The Experience of Smaller Establishments in applying for live music authorisation', December 2006').

* There is uncertainty about the status of the 60% of smaller venues said to have live music authorisation. DCMS do not know whether live music licence conditions, where they apply, have been implemented. Unless such conditions are implemented by the venue, having live music remains illegal.

* Under the old regime 100% of bars and restaurants licensed to sell alcohol could automatically provide one or two musicians.

* In the changeover to the new regime, all such venues were automatically granted permission to play recorded music, which also allows the provision of DJs.

* The provision of big screen broadcast sport or music is exempt, anywhere, no matter how powerfully amplified.

* The government has never provided any evidence that live music causes significant social harm, nor any evidence that live music is a greater risk as an entertainment than big screen sport in bars."