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Thread #53551   Message #827052
Posted By: The Shambles
15-Nov-02 - 01:41 PM
Thread Name: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms
Subject: RE: BS: Queen's speech, and licensing reforms
A certain person from EFDSS, who shall remain nameless, stated to me that they were looking foward to the 24 hour Irish session in the UK.............. Well legal ones anyway. *Smiles*

Hamish Birchall has pointed out the following. - Clause 134 (1)(a) which criminalises any musician who performs anywhere without first checking that the place is licensed/authorised for the performance. Clause 137 allows a defence of 'due diligence', but basically it means that if the musician doesn't check first he/she could face heavy fines and a jail sentence.

I can't help wondering why being able to opt out of the entertainment element is there at all, any ideas?

If all premises were made safe (as they all should be), the licensee could choose to provide or not provde entertainment, but no one would ever be at risk of making themselves a criminal and automatically making he premises unsafe simply by making music.