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Licensed Premises

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many premises authorising the sale or supply of alcohol by means of a premises licence or a club premises certificate closed during each of the last five years. (255048)

The Department does not hold the information in the format requested, but can provide information on the number of premises licences which were surrendered, lapsed or suspended since April 2006. Some of these may relate to premises which are not authorised to sell or supply alcohol, because under the Licensing Act 2003, premises licences and club premises certificates are not confined to authorising the sale or supply of alcohol; they can also provide regulated entertainment and/or late night refreshment.

Since the implementation of the Act, DCMS has been collecting alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment statistics on an annual basis by financial year from licensing authorities. During the period April 2006 to March 2007, 2,630 premises licences were surrendered, 232 lapsed, and 70 were suspended, based on returns from around 76 per cent. of licensing authorities. For the same period, 210 club premises certificates were surrendered, two lapsed and 13 were withdrawn.

The April 2007 to March 2008 bulletin reported 3,786 premises licences were surrendered, 423 lapsed, 18 were suspended by a court, and 44 were subject to a closure notice (based on returns from around 93 per cent. of licensing authorities). For the same period, 255 club premises licences were surrendered, seven lapsed and 13 were withdrawn.

Prior to the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003, data on the number of alcohol licences revoked in England and Wales were collected by petty sessional division (magistrates court areas), on a triennial basis. Between July 2003 and June 2004, there was a total of 354 revocations of on and off-licences, 11 of which related to licensed clubs.