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Thread #54636   Message #885996
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
09-Feb-03 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
That amendment ET posted - they do seem to go in for needless complication, don't they? Amending that part of the Bill is very tricky, because they worry about putting in unintended loopholes.

It'd be far easier, and less "risky", to write in one or two specific exemptions in the exemptions section. (Part 2 of Schedule 1 of the Bill.)

I've suggested "The provision of any entertainment or entertainment facilities or participation in such activities where the primary purpose is for the mutual enjoyment of performers is not to be regarded as the provision of regulated entertainment for the purposes of this Act."

That would cover sessions and singarounds and Morris Dancers and Mummers and so forth. And it would bring the Bill into line with Kim Howells guarantee on the Mike Harding show (Radio2 July 17th 2002) that "As long as money isn't changing hands then there's no reason why they should have to have a licence.

Another exemption would be needed if the paid pub gigs were to be protected - maybe an extended two-in-a-bar but with specific amplification limits. Maybe "The provision of any entertainment or entertainment facilities or participation in such activities where no more than three performers are involved at any time, is not to be regarded as the provision of regulated entertainment for the purposes of this Act unless excessive amplification is used." That would leave the definition of excessive amplification to be determined in practice, with the courts having the last word.