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GUEST,ET PEL: Licensing Reform? (46) Licensing Reform? 23 Sep 02

Tedious though it is I think we should be concerned at Government plans for pubs. In the queens speach in November it is proposed to change licensing to local authorities. Pubs would have to set out a plan to deal with health and safety rules, and the local environment. A public entertainment license is part of this and needed even for a single pub pianist. This will replace the pathetic 2 in a bar rule but if the publican gets it wrong and has a "session" without a Public Enterainment Licence the file can be £5000 and loss of license. Culture department tell me that this will be an improvement, will encourage the folk music culture and attract tourists. I wonder what planet they live on. Local authorities can order no smoking, pub number limits, refuse entertainment etc.

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