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Thread #54636   Message #862654
Posted By: IanC
09-Jan-03 - 11:19 AM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Here's the result so far of my correspondence with the Salvation Army.

Mr Chandler

Thank you very much for your e-mail. We are indeed concerned about the Licensing Bill and have made those concerns known to both Baroness Blackstone and Tessa Jowell. We have also highlighted the issue in our internal publications. The latest indications from the Government indicate that they may be willing to reintroduce the exemption for places of worship but we shall keep monitoring events very closely.

Many thanks for your interest.

Jonathan Lomax
Assistant to the Secretary for Communications
101 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BN
Tel: 020 7367 4619
Fax: 020 7367 4728

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Jonathan

Thanks for your e-mail. I know about the places of worship lobbying by the anglicans. However, I had thought you would be particularly concerned about street corner music and playing carols in pubs etc. which, I know, is something which our local (Stotfold, Beds) branch of the Salvation Army does.

Best regards
Ian Chandler


On another thread, somebody suggested - tongue in cheek - another group we might take things up with ... I can't find it. I'd be grateful if somebody else were able to as I think we might as well go for the improbable too ... and I'm happy to do the legwork.

With regard to numbers for the petition, things are slowing down very slightly. 2,300 for the last 24 hours - down about 100 each day for the last 2 days. The 2nd order rate is not increasing though, so it's not a decline as yet ... probably just adjusting to the post-Christmas rush.

It's currently standing at over 29,000 so we are almost certainly looking at a minimum of over 35,000 now.