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Thread #53551   Message #826774
Posted By: The Shambles
15-Nov-02 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms
Subject: RE: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms
Graham it is foolish to rely on any press release, especially one from this Government.

The full Bill, kust up on the Parliament website, is where the detail is. http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/pabills.htm

It would be wise to read this first, I think.

But for the moment..........

Dr Howells to Chris Smith 4 September 2002

"It would cost no more to obtain both permissions than to obtain one. There
would be no deterrent in the system to providing live music at the venue but
because it would be necessary to disclose details of the activities to take
place at the premises, the licensing authority would be able to make
sensible decisions about the necessary and proportionate conditions to be
attached to the licence to protect local residents and the wider
community."


The Government will have corrected the low take-up figure of the old PEL,
currently only 5 % of licensed premises, by combining the old liquor licence
with the old PEL and making the increased payment compulsory.

Thus according to Dr Howells, there is nothing now to deter a licensee from
choosing the entertainment element, specifying in advance the nature of this
in an operating plan, and waiting to obtaining local authority permission
for any but only live music.

If as Dr Howells maintains, there is no deterrent to the venue providing
live music, what is to be gained by the Government making the application
for the entertainment element, optional?

If as Dr Howells maintains, there is no deterrent to the venue providing
live music, what is to be gained by the licensee being able to opt out of
the entertainment option?

If all premises are first made safe, the licensee will always have the
freedom to choose whether to provide entertainment or not, and the premises
would always be perfectly safe to host entertainment, if at some future
point the licensee wished to provide it.