Lords amendment: No. 39, after clause 26, in page 27, line 26, at end insert—
This follows an undertaking that my right hon. Friend gave in Committee when he said that he would look again at the question of partnerships as applicants for, and holders of, licences. We have carried out that undertaking. We agree that the Bill as drafted was unsatisfactory. In another place, the Government, therefore, inserted all these amendments. The new clause, in particular, puts the position of partnerships beyond doubt by making clear that licences can be held by partnerships, although not by other unincorporated bodies.