Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment

Part of Licensing Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 3rd April 2003.

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Photo of Malcolm Moss Malcolm Moss Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire 10:00 am, 3rd April 2003

I thought that I had covered that point, but to ensure that the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) understands what I am saying, I shall repeat it.

We are not saying that where there is a public nuisance or a public safety issue there should not be legislation or a licence. We argue—this is the reason for the wording of the amendment—that the students union is not directly connected to the purposes of the educational establishment. It is an associated activity, but it is not directly connected. It is there for student socialising. It is not there for an educational purpose, unless the hon. Gentleman wants to argue that a students union is educational. Is he going to do that?