To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints about the Licensing Act 2003 have been received by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport since the Act came into force; and, where those were written complaints, whether they will publish them. [HL4467]
The Licensing Act 2003 has been in force since 2005 and has motivated a very large number of Parliamentary Questions and items of correspondence. It is not possible to determine precisely which of these is a complaint and which were asking for clarification of licensing law or making some other point, and it would not be a viable use of public money to publish every item. It is hoped that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, in its responses, has satisfactorily explained the Government's position and the freedom and powers which have been introduced by the Act.