Licensing Laws: Music

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications to vary licences for the provision of regulated entertainment in (a) pubs, (b) restaurants and (c) bars have been made in each year since 2007; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport does not collate data specifically on applications to vary licences for the provision of regulated entertainment and does not collate data by premises type. This is because the Licensing Act defines activities not premises type.

The total number of applications to vary a premises licence in England and Wales is shown in the table.

Financial year Number of applications to vary premises licences Number granted Licensing authorities responding to the question (percentage)
2006/07 9,534 9,050 80
2007/08 11,114 10,642 95
2008/09 7,473 7,004 97

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