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Thread #46622   Message #697816
Posted By: The Shambles
24-Apr-02 - 06:39 PM
Thread Name: PELs - Letters to important folk.
Subject: RE: PELs - Letters to important folk.
The wording of the EDM is really not too crucial at this stage. The way it works is that it needs MPs to add their names to support movement on the issue. If enough do, there will be debates and a chance to ammend the proposals. So a generallly worded motion will hopefully attract more names.

I would imagine that opposition MPs would add their names, if only to emmbarrass the Government. The motion will be up for the whole of this session of Parliament, so there really is no reason why we should not be able to get our MPs to add their names.

Whilst writing to specifically asked them to add their name, there is every chance to bring up the details that concern you and request that they bring these into the debates.

Message By: Mick Woods

Once again the "Two in a bar law" rears it'e ugly head. I help run a small folk club once a fortnight, in a pub in Greenwich, SE London. Last year the landlord received a letter from the council telling him that, they had visited his premises and witnessed three musicians playing.

The letter warned him that he could face up to 6 months in jail and a £20.000 fine for allowing this sort of thing to take place in his bar. We have since tried to ensure that there are only one or two musicians playing at any given time during our session. Last week the landlord received a letter from the council saying, that they had again visited his pub and witnessed several musicians playing. This time they stated a time - 8.50pm. As our session does not start until 9pm what they witnessed were various musicians "tuning up".

The landlord phoned the council, but was told that even if the musicians did not actually play at the same time the Law was still being broken, as there were more than two during the course of the evening. They are now prosecuting. This is a tiny back street pub, the music we play is all acoustic. Has anybody else had any experience of this antiquated legislation?

The answer is unfortunately, yes....... Can we all please get together and make sure that no one else has to?