Licensing Laws

Home Office written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to reduce late night drunkenness and disorderly behaviour in public places by encouraging local and licensing authorities to order the closure of public houses and clubs where clients cause such a disturbance and place demands on public services.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Minister for Crime Prevention wrote to chief executives of local authorities in England and Wales and Police and Crime Commissioners in December about the Government’s recent actions to enable local authorities to address alcohol harms. The Minister encouraged the use of a number of powers including the early morning alcohol restriction order (EMRO) which enables local councils to restrict the sale of alcohol in the early hours and the closure power in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This can be used if the local authority or police have reason to believe that the use of premises has, or is likely to, result in nuisance to members of the public or disorder nearby. Licensing authorities also have the power to review a premises licence if they or a responsible authority (which includes the police, health bodies and environmental health authorities) have evidence that a premises' activities undermines one of the four licensing objectives (the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm). The Government also lowered the evidence threshold so that a review of a premises licence can be undertaken where it is 'appropriate' rather than 'necessary' for the promotion of the licensing objectives.

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