The Live Music Forum

Hamish Birchall Bulletin


Friday 16th May 2008 - Manchester big screen football violence raises licensing questions


Three more questions have been tabled in the Lords about entertainment licensing, this time by Conservative peer and jazz trumpeter, Anthony Colwyn, also member of the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group:

... to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the serious violence and disorder that broke out in Manchester when a big screen showing the ITV broadcast of the UEFA cup failed on 14 May, it will review the exemption for broadcast entertainment in the Licensing Act 2003. HL3715

... to ask Her Majesty's Government in view of their concerns about potential noise nuisance at live music events, what legislation other than entertainment licensing is available to the police or local authorities to pre-empt potential sources of sound nuisance and to regulate it when members of the public complain. HL3716

... to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in its planned public consultation on possible new exemptions with within the Licensing Act 2003 for low risk live music events, it will make clear the range of legislative powers already available to the police and local authorities, irrespective of entertainment licensing, to control noise nuisance, public safety, crime and disorder at public events. HL3717

Hansard link (to find quickly search on the page for 'Colwyn'): Answers are expected in about two weeks.

Hamish Birchall