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Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the storage and archiving of past records of licensing magistrates after licensing responsibility is transferred to local authorities. [121574]

None. Under the transitional arrangements in Schedule 8 to the Licensing Bill, applicants for the conversion of existing licences and club certificates will be required to include their existing licence or club certificate with their application. The past records of licensing justices' will not be required. Once the transfer of responsibility for alcohol licensing to licensing authorities comes fully into effect at the end of the transitional period new licences and certificates will be granted in accordance with the provisions of the Bill and without reference to any previous licence that was granted by the licensing justices.