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Licensing: Music

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the implications for entertainment licensing of small-scale performances of live music of T-Mobile staging a performance of dance at Liverpool Street station with over 300 dancers, explicitly to entertain the public, without a licence under the Licensing Act 2003. [HL2425]

There are no implications that appear to arise for those parts of the Licensing Act 2003 dealing with regulated entertainment from the event at Liverpool Street Station. The application of the definitions provided in Schedule 1 to the Licensing Act is a matter for licensing authorities in the first instance. Whether a proposed activity is licensable has to be decided on a case-by-case basis. It appears from reports of the filming that the licensing authority and the police were involved in planning the event. I can see nothing that suggests that they exercised their powers inappropriately in this case.