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Licensing: Live Music

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of schools in England and Wales are licensed under the Licensing Act 2003 for performances of live music and the provision of musical instruments as "entertainment facilities".

Photo of Lord Carter of Barnes Lord Carter of Barnes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

We do not hold this information. The statistical data collected by the department identify how many premises have permission, in the form of a premises licence or club premises certificate, to put on regulated entertainment, including live music. However, it is not known how many schools have obtained an appropriate permission to cover live performances of music and the provision of entertainment facilities, or indeed any other form of regulated entertainment such as a dance event or a play. In some cases, a school may decide to put on an event by giving a temporary event notice.

Although the Licensing Act 2003 requires schools and colleges to obtain a licence for regulated entertainment to which the public are invited, or for a private entertainment where a fee is charged with a view to profit, they are exempt from paying the licence fee if the event is provided by, located at and for the purpose of the school or college.

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