Licensing

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on licensing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
02.03.2016Commons Library analysis: Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16
The Policing and Crime Bill 2015-16 has its second reading on 7 March 2016. It includes provisions covering collaboration between police and fire services; reforms to the police complaints and discipline systems; new safeguards for pre-charge bail; powers for police staff and volunteers; and changes to firearms law. This briefing analyses the Bill and the policy background, and provides some relevant comment.
25.09.2015Alcohol: minimum pricing
A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price, defined as alcohol duty plus VAT, came into force on 28 May 2014. This followed the Coalition Government's announcement in July 2013 that it would not introduce a minimum unit price. Alcohol charities and public health groups continue to argue for the introduction of a minimum unit price, claiming that this would have more of an impact on alcohol-related harm than the ban on below cost selling.
23.07.2015Alcohol: cumulative impact policies
Licensing authorities can adopt cumulative impact policies where there is evidence that the concentration of licensed premises in an area is negatively impacting on the licensing objectives that underpin the Licensing Act 2003. The effect of adopting a policy is to 'create a rebuttable presumption' against the granting of new premises licences
12.06.2015Alcohol: objecting to a licence
Objections can be raised against an application for a new premises licence or a variation of an existing licence. It is also possible to trigger a review of an existing licence. Objections must relate to one of the licensing objectives: the prevention of crime and disorder; public safety; the prevention of public nuisance; the protection of children from harm.
27.03.2015Children in pubs
The Licensing Act 2003 regulates the sale and supply of alcohol and is underpinned by four licensing objectives. One of these is the 'protection of children from harm'. Most activity around licensing in relation to protecting children relates to preventing the illegal sale of alcohol to under 18s; regulating the access to licensed premises by children; and preventing the consumption of alcohol by children on licensed premises.
27.03.2015Live Music Act 2012
The Live Music Act 2012 means that a licence for a live music performance is no longer required if: it takes place between 8am and 11pm; it takes place at a licensed premises or workplace; the audience is no more than 200 people. The audience limit will be increased to 500 from 6 April 2015.
26.03.2015The late night levy
The late night levy is a discretionary power enabling licensing authorities in England and Wales to raise a contribution towards policing the late-night economy from holders of premises licences or club premises certificates.
24.03.2015Mandatory conditions for alcohol sale
There are mandatory licensing conditions which ban irresponsible promotions; ensure free potable water for customers; ensure that small measures of beers, wine and spirits are offered and that customers are made aware of them; ensure that those selling or supplying alcohol have an age verification policy in place; ban the sale of alcohol below cost price.
04.03.2015Drinking in the street
There is no general prohibition on drinking in the street but certain offences relating to alcohol may be committed in public places.
17.09.2013Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill
Remote gambling operators currently need a licence in Britain only if they have equipment located here. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would move the regulation of remote gambling to a 'point of consumption' basis so that all remote operators would need a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain. The Government believes this will increase protection for British customers as well as enabling British-based operators to compete on an equal footing with other remote operators.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
30.10.2015Impact of Pornography on Society
This Library Note has been prepared in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 November 2015 on the impact of pornography on society. This Note provides information on the definition of pornography and the current law on pornography. It also gives reference to recent evidence and a selection of key issues that have been raised in relation to the impact of pornography on both children and adults.
07.04.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 62 of 2010-11)
This Library Note provides background reading for the second reading debate of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
30.04.2009The Licensing Act 2003.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
31.03.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
27.01.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
27.01.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
23.06.2010NATIONAL BUSKING DAY CAMPAIGN
That this House supports the call by PRS for Music for a national busking day in recognition of the importance of busking in developing new performers' careers and in the UK's cultural ...
30.03.2010LICENSING OF LIVE MUSIC
That this House welcomes the continuing rise of outstanding UK folk, blues and bluegrass bands; notes the success of bands such as Up All Night, Stolen Property and the Toy Hearts; ...
11.03.2010BOATMASTER'S LICENCE REVIEW
That this House salutes the high level of skill and competence of River Thames Watermen holding boatmasters' licences plying their trade on one of Europe's most congested waterways; ...
10.03.2010GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSING
That this House recognises that the number of road traffic accidents involving young people has increased over recent years; notes that the introduction of graduated driver licences ...
01.03.2010LICENSING OF AIR GUNS
That this House believes that the interests of public safety demand a reduction in the availability and attractiveness of guns of all kinds; notes that air guns are still available ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses