British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: "This really is music to our ears. Pubs are where live music begins – and for years, we've been saying that many of the regulations surrounding it are unnecessary – they have prevented publicans from making the most of Britain's pubs as the place where live music acts first get a foothold.
"Well done to MPs for voting this through – let's make it the first of many measures to cut the red tape surrounding pubs."
John King comments:
Royal assent is a formality and is expected when the Bill returns to the Lords next week.