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Licensing: Live Music

Volume 705: debated on Monday 17 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What meetings were held or are scheduled by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport between 1 January 2008 and 31 March 2009 in which draft exemptions from the Licensing Act 2003 for small-scale performances of live music were, or are to be, discussed; and who attended, or is scheduled to attend. [HL6007]

Meetings scheduled between the department and outside bodies which included discussion of exemptions from the Licensing Act 2003 for small-scale performances, of live music as their main subject agenda during the period 1 January 2008 to 31 March 2009 were:

DCMS attendance at Camden Inner London Licensees Association (CILLA)—1 October 2008. Attended by DCMS and CILLA representatives;

Licensing Advisory Group Meeting—22 September 2008. Attended by DCMS and representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), British Hospitality Association, Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL), Working Men's Club and Institute Union and Committee of Registered Clubs Associations, Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services, London Borough of Havering, London Councils, Magistrates Association, Musicians' Union, Noctis and Patersons;

meeting between DCMS and Local Authority Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS)—19 September 2008. Also attended by representative of Borough of Kensington and Chelsea;

DCMS officials met with a representative of a live music venue, located in Hertfordshire—9 September 2008;

Licensing Advisory Minor Variations Sub-Group Meeting—5 September 2008. Attended by representatives of DCMS, ACRE, ACPO/ Met Police, BBPA, BISL, Cinema UK, LACORS, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Musicians’ Union, Noctis, Civic Trust, London Borough of Havering;

DCMS meeting with representatives of two London pubs which host live music events—7 August 2008; and

DCMS meeting with the Musicians' Union (MU)— 24 July 2008.

It is likely there will be further meetings on this topic in the near future, but none has yet been arranged.