Mudcat Café message #874974 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54636   Message #874974
Posted By: The Shambles
25-Jan-03 - 10:09 PM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
If you need to sum up why this is a 'Silly Bill', this is a good example.

The Bill is claimed to be a deregulatory reform. Under it, the current exemption from the licensing requirement for two people and a piano in a pub, is to be replaced by the piano itself being licensable!!!

It will be OK if the piano is for display, locked or disabled, but if a customer should actually play it, the premises will be considered to be automatically unsafe and the licensee subject to a maximum fine of 20,ooo or six months in prison. Possibly the customer too, if they did not take steps to establish if the premises held the required licence.

The floor of any place anywhere will also be licensable, if this is considered by local council officers to be a 'dance floor'.........Perhaps we should take to dancing on the ceiling? Pub fined for permitting 'dancing'.