The Live Music Forum
Hamish Birchall Bulletin
Thursday 10th September 2009 - Form 696 changes undermine petition
Changes made to Form 696 by the Metropolitan Police earlier this week could allow the prime minister to claim that the Number 10 petitioners' demands have been met.
The problem for the Number 10 petition is that it doesn't actually call
for the Form to be scrapped. It asks the prime minister to '... scrap
the unnecessary and draconian USAGE of the 696 Form from London music
events.' [my emphasis]
The changes made to the Form allow the police and the prime minister to claim that the Form is no longer implicitly racist, is more carefully targetted, and that its unnecessary or draconian use is unlikely.
The new version of the Form is available on the Met's website:
Names, addresses and dates of birth of performers (data the police will retain for six years) remains mandatory, but controversial questions about the target audience have been removed, and its use is now subject to four conditions:
the event is promoted/advertised to the public at any time before the
Many live music events will still be caught, however. The Form also suggests that these conditions are guidelines rather than rigid rules: 'The recommended guidance doesn't restrict the use of the form solely to any specific event and it is encouraged that any music event organiser or management of licensed premises and promoters use the form voluntarily to engage with police.'