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Strip Clubs

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 24 June 2008, Official Report, column 180W, on strip clubs, when the Government plans to make a statement on the outcome of its examination of measures necessary to support local communities in controlling lapdancing establishments. (215373)

[holding answer 1 July 2008]: The Government are consulting with local authorities on any concerns they have which they feel cannot be addressed by existing controls, including the Licensing Act 2003, and whether we need to do more to protect local communities. We recognise that people do not necessarily want lap dancing establishments in their neighbourhoods and we want to ensure local authorities have the powers to reflect the views of local people when considering applications and monitoring existing licenses. We will consider, for example, whether lap dancing clubs should fall under the category of Sex Encounter Establishments under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and legislate if there is a need to do so.