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Police: Costs

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Criminal Justice and Police Bill—Police Powers to close Disorderly Licensed Premises to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (125607)

There is no current Criminal Justice and Police Bill going through Parliament which includes measures to close disorderly licensed premises. However, powers in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 relating to the closure of licensed premises on the grounds of disorder were replaced and extended by powers in the Licensing Act 2003. We have no current estimate of the actual cost of using these powers. Their deterrent value, along with the use of voluntary closures and other strategies to prevent crime and disorder, mean such powers are used minimally.