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Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment (3 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: The students union in Durham is in the centre of the city and is an integral part of the university and so is the students union at Newcastle university. Noise and public safety issues will clearly arise, but the students union in Durham would have something to say if its activities could not be licensed. Therefore I disagree with the hon. Gentleman. A public nuisance could be created in...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment (3 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Quite a few rooms in the students union at Durham university are used for educational purposes, including, for example, speeches by eminent politicians of both political parties.

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment (3 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend not agree that this legislation will make it easier for venues to put on performances? At the moment, if a venue of whatever size wants to put on a public entertainment, it has to have an alcohol licence if it wants to serve alcohol and an entertainment licence, which is very expensive. For example, in the city of Newcastle the average cost was about £400 when I used...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment (3 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Is the hon. Gentleman suggesting that such activities should come within the ambit of the Bill?

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated entertainment (3 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am sorry, but schools have to have a clearly laid-down health and safety policy, usually instigated by the local authority through the governing body. That would cover activities in school halls.

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I support amendment No. 4, but would like to speak against amendments Nos. 89 to 91. Paragraph 12 is headed ''Small premises'' but makes no reference to the size of the premises. That is important for public safety. I can give an example from my constituency. The Village Inn in Sacriston is a small, rural village pub in which 250 people would constitute a severe health and safety problem,...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I appreciate that. The problem is that we still have the ludicrous situation of the two-in-a-bar rule regarding performers, yet we are considering 250 attendees. Any figure that is picked without reference to the size of the premises is bound to lead to safety problems locally. I should like—the Bill allows for it—local licensing authorities to have a say about such licences....

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: There are two reasons. First, as the Minister has said, we do not want to introduce new legislation. Secondly, under the powers given to local authorities in the Bill, they will be able to take action against problems such as disorder in a public house that has a large plasma screen or any other entertainment system. That can be tackled anyway. However, the Bill gives local people a say in...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: My experience is that if live entertainment is on, people will move around. Also, the drinking of alcohol creates problems locally. Those issues and the issue of size are currently considered when one applies for a public entertainment licence. The provision does not take into consideration the size of the premises, and that is a fundamental flaw.

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am sorry, but in my experience they do. Licensing magistrates take the issue of the health and safety of those drinking in an establishment seriously. With public entertainment licences, one of the key things that magistrates take into consideration is safety in relation to the size of the premises. The provision does not do that. It asks us to put an arbitrary figure on the number of...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: No. The Bill gives the local licensing authority the power to deal with every application for a licence on its merits—that is one of the strengths of the Bill—rather than just using an arbitrary figure, which is what this provision does. When considering public entertainment licences, local licensing boards and inspection officers spend a lot of time ensuring public safety. The...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: One would have to link the two together. At the moment, a person would have to apply for a separate public entertainment licence, but under the provision, they could just tick a box and apply for a licence that covered entertainment. I think that that will make the process simpler. Paragraph 12 would, if I read it correctly, allow venues to admit up to 250 people until 11.30 pm. At that...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: No. At the moment they would not need an entertainment licence. They could just turn the music off and sell alcohol later, if they wanted to, without a public entertainment licence.

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I shall not. That would create more problems than it would solve. The music would be turned off and people would still be allowed to serve alcohol, which would create the kind of problems that my hon. Friend the Member for Selby mentioned this morning. I support the Government amendment and, with due consideration, say that I think the amendments tabled by my hon. Friends the Members for...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does the Minister agree that many of the acts, such as comedy acts, will take place in licensed premises and other venues that will be covered by alcohol and public entertainment licences?

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Can the hon. Gentleman tell the Committee how the local authority and police would regulate large entertainment or music events such as raves if we were to accept his amendment?

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: I accept that it is the responsibility of the Government to justify their action, but does the hon. Gentleman recognise that the greater public also want to hear from the Government how they would regulate the serious antisocial behaviour that is associated with events such raves in large entertainment venues?

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend also agree that the problem at the moment is not only the cost of the licence but the bureaucracy surrounding the hearing for a public entertainment licence and the expense that many licensees have to go to, sometimes on an annual basis—hiring solicitors and others—to appear before the licensing boards?

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend also agree that if we accepted the amendments there would, for example, be nothing to stop someone taking over a warehouse or any derelict building and holding a rave, which could cause great nuisance and annoyance to local residents and local authorities and the police would have no powers to close down such an illegal activity? From personal experience, in Newcastle in...

Public Bill Committee: Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 1 - Provision of regulated amendments (1 Apr 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does not the licensing board have the freedom to take into consideration local noise nuisance and, more important, the venue, rather than the number of people playing? That is the important point in the public safety argument, rather than the nonsense of whether the rule is two musicians in a bar or, as proposed in Lords, 250 people in a bar or venue.


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