The Live Music Forum
Hamish Birchall Bulletin
Tuesday 13th June 2006 - More Lords Questions about licensing and live music
This Thursday, 15 June 2006, Lord Addington will ask the government a question along these lines:
'Is Her Majesty's Government satisfied that the police and local authorities have adequate powers to regulate crime, disorder, public safety and public nuisance at premises or open spaces where World Cup matches are shown on large screens for the entertainment of the public?'
A Home Office minister is to reply. The answer should be interesting, and may have implications for musicians arguing for an alleviation of licensing requirements for small-scale gigs in bars.
Also, Lord Clement-Jones yesterday tabled these questions for written answer. Replies should come within three weeks:
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the outdoor performance of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the BBC's Top of the Pops programme on 15th April, they will amend Schedule 1 to the Licensing Act 2003 to clarify the distinction between public entertainment that is licensable and private entertainment that is not licensable. (HL6247)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of licensed premises in England and Wales that did not previously hold an entertainment licence now have authorisation for the performance of live music. (HL6248)
To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they assess that there is a flourishing live music scene in bars and restaurants. (HL6249)
To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers under the Licensing Act 2003 have been used to close down licensed premises with a history of disorder and to prevent some licensed premises from screening games involving the England football team during the 2006 World Cup. (HL6250)
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many licensed premises with a history of disorder have been closed down or prevented from screening games involving the England football team during the 2006 World Cup under the Licensing Act 2003 before the beginning of the tournament on 9th June. (HL6251)