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Alcoholic Drinks: Licensing

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many alcohol licences have been revoked in each London borough since November 2005. (142774)

We do not currently hold this information centrally. The Licensing Act 2003 devolved the administration for licensing to individual licensing authorities who should hold information about licensed premises in their area.

DCMS plans a data collection exercise over the summer to gather this, and other licensing information. Results will be published in the form of a new National Statistics bulletin, currently scheduled for release in October 2007.

Broad estimates collated by the department in November 2006, based on a small sample of licensing authorities, suggested that following review, approximately 100 licences had been revoked across England and Wales in the first year under the new Licensing Act.