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Licensing Act 2003

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans he has to undertake a review of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003. (291723)

None. The Licensing Act 2003 came fully into force on 24 November 2005. On 4 March 2008, Official Report, columns 102-105WS, the then Secretary of State made a written statement announcing the completion and publication of his evaluation of the implementation of the Act. A copy of the full evaluation was also then placed in the Library of the House. The main elements of the evaluation included:

Scrutiny Councils Initiative: a final report was issued in July 2006 and an update published in 2008;

Independent Fees Panel Report: published on 25 January 2007;

Review of the Statutory Guidance: revised Guidance issued on 28 June 2007;

Live Music Forum Report: published 3 July 2007;

Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Statistical Bulletin: published on 8 November 2007;

DCMS Simplification Plan: the 2nd Simplification Plan was published on 4 December 2007;

Closing times data commissioned by DCMS from CGA Strategy Ltd to analyse actual Saturday closing times-published on 4 March 2008; and

Home Office Report on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on levels of crime and disorder: published on 4 March 2008.

The Department continues to monitor the impact of the 2003 Act.