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Licensing Act

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has received on the cost of obtaining premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003 for schools; and if she will make a statement. (93825)

The Department has received a small number of representations from schools about the cost of obtaining a premises licence.

Schools are, of course, exempt from the fees associated with the authorisation of regulated entertainment where the entertainment is provided by and at the school and for the purposes of the school.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of schools falling into band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D and (e) E rateable value bands for the purposes of premises licences granted under the Licensing Act 2003; and if she will make a statement. (93827)

The Department has made no estimates of the number of schools falling into each of the fee bands for premises licences.

We believe that the majority of schools will use temporary event notices to cover licensable activities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will publish its review of the guidance issued to local authorities under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003; and if she will make a statement. (93917)

The Secretary of State expects shortly to begin consultations on draft revised Guidance to licensing authorities.. The public consultation exercise will last for 12 weeks. We expect to issue finalised revised Guidance early in 2007.