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Licensing

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish the names of all members of the Licensing Advisory Group. [HL5365]

The DCMS Licensing Advisory Group comprises representatives of the following organisations:

Action with Communities in Rural England;

Alcohol Concern;

Arts Council England;

Association of Chief Police Officers;

Association of Convenience Stores;

Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers;

British Hospitality Association;

British Institute of Innkeeping;

British Beer & Pub Association;

British Marine Federation;

British Retail Consortium;

Business In Sport and Leisure;

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health;

Cinema Exhibitors Association;

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform;

Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations;

Federation of Small Businesses;

The Guild of Master Victuallers;

Justices' Clerks Society;

Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services;

London Councils;

Paterson's;

Magistrates Association;

Musicians' Union;

Noctis; and

Working Men's Club and Institute Union/Committee of Registered Clubs' Associations.

Since the advisory group comprises organisations not individuals, representation at each meeting varies. Not all organisations attend meetings on a regular basis.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether all members of the former Live Music Forum are kept informed of discussions about entertainment licensing exemptions for small-scale performances of live music which are taking place with the former chairman, Mr Feargal Sharkey, and the Musicians’ Union. [HL5367]

No. The Live Music Forum (LMF) was established in 2004 to help maximise the take-up of reforms in the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the provision of live music, to monitor the impact of the Act on live music and to promote live music performance. The forum met 13 times, the final meeting being held on 16 April 2007. The forum's recommendations were published on 4 July 2007, after which it disbanded. The Secretary of State recently held a meeting with Feargal Sharkey in his capacity as the newly appointed chief executive of UK Music.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have determined from the survey of live music carried out in 2007 by the British Market Research Board on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (a) the proportion of interviewees who were responsible for the conversion of their venues' justices' on-licence to the new premises licence during 2005; (b) the proportion of those interviewees who started or stopped having live music since the new regime came into force who were responsible for the conversion of their venues' old justices' on-licence to the new premises licence in 2005; and (c) the proportion of interviewees who were working in the same venue since the beginning of 2005. [HL5368]

As the survey did not ask any direct questions concerning the responsibility for licence conversion, it is impossible to determine directly the proportion of interviewees who fell into that category. However, we did ensure where relevant that all respondents were responsible for the provision of live music at that venue. This means they would have had knowledge of any changes to their licence in relation to live music. The survey did not ask about the length of time the interviewee had been working at the venue but did ask a related question about the length of time they had been responsible for live music at the venue. The contractors reported that 60 per cent of respondents had held this responsibility for more than two years. This may be an underestimate as some of the 40 per cent who did not hold the responsibility may have worked there for longer than two years in some other capacity.