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Circuses: Licensing

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 14 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to his response to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on the Licensing Act 2003, if he will set a timetable for the introduction of portable licences for circuses; and if he will make a statement. (289355)

As the Government’s response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee suggested, we are currently looking at options for a portable licence for travelling entertainment such as circuses. Once we have developed these further, we will announce a timetable for progressing our proposals, including any necessary public consultation. In the meantime, I would be happy to meet the hon. Member to discuss how we can ensure that the views of circuses are fed into the development of these options.