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Hamish Birchall Bulletin


Thursday 22nd February 2007 - Licensing petition at no.6


More than 18,600 people have now signed the live music/licensing petition, placing it at no.6 in the list of over 3,600 petitions on the Number 10 website:

People have signed at the rate of about 1000 a day since The Stage reported 10,000 signatures last Wednesday, 14 February:

There are exactly 15 weeks to go before the petition closes for signatures on 7 June.  Please consider signing if you haven't already done so. If you have signed, encourage friends to sign.  Points to remember about the new law:

'Very few establishments that wanted a new licence were denied it, and many who were previously limited to 2-in-a-bar now have the ability to stage music with 2 or more musicians... This contrasts, of course, with the fact that 40% of establishments now have no automatic means of putting on live music (i.e. they would have to give a TEN).'

['Licensing Act 2003, The experience of smaller establishments in applying for live music authorisation', December 2006', paragraphs 6.1.1 and 6.1.2 'Conclusions', p54; Caroline Callahan, Andy Martin, Anna Pierce, Ipsos-MORI]

'TEN' stands for Temporary Event Notice - in effect a temporary entertainment licence. Only 12 are allowed per premises per year. They cost £21 each.  See the full MORI reports on this site:

Hamish Birchall