Zippo's circus is to give evidence tomorrow at the second
oral evidence session of the Culture Committee Licensing Act Inquiry,
Tuesday 28 October 2008.
Last month Birmingham's licensing officers banned music accompanying Zippo's
clowns because it was not licensed as regulated entertainment under the
Licensing Act 2003. See The Times online, 23 September 2008:
On 07 October The Stage reported that Equity is lobbying to exempt circuses
from the Act:
But on 13 October government culture spokesperson Lord Davies of Oldham
appeared to rule out such an exemption in favour of tweaking existing
licence application processes or creating 'alternative licensing arrangements':
'... While I am not convinced that licensable activities should be exempt
simply because they are carried on within a circus, I do recognise the
particular regulatory burdens placed on travelling tented circuses because
they move from site to site. We are looking at how we can simplify aspects
of the application processes to relieve some of the burden and have also
agreed to look at the feasibility of alternative licensing arrangements
which better reflect the nature of travelling entertainment performed
at multiple sites.'
[Written Answer to question by Lord Clement-Jones (HL5369)]
This negative response appears to have been ignored in an article entitled
'Mastering the Ring' by Conservative MP Peter Luff, published in The Stage
of 23 October. A long-time campaigner against entertainment licensing
for circuses, he called on the government to free them from '... bureaucratic
and expensive licensing laws, which have a damaging impact on the sector.....".
[Article not available online]
Since the Committee's announcement (copy below) Committee Room 5 at the
Palace of Westminster has been confirmed as the venue.
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Select Committee Announcement
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
22 October 2008 No. 62
THE LICENSING ACT 2003
Oral evidence session
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will hold its second oral evidence
session on the Licensing Act 2003. Terms of reference for the inquiry
were published in a Press Notice published by the Committee on 18 July
Date and Time: Tuesday 28 October 2008 at 1030
1030 Central Council of Physical Recreation, Committee of Registered Club
1110 Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain, Zippo?s Circus
1140 The Association of Convenience Stores, The Wine and Spirit Trade
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