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Phil Little Bulletin

Tuesday 20th July 2010 - Licensing responsibility changed to Home Office

In a move expected by experts in the legal profession, the Government has moved the responsibility for licensing from the DCMS to the Home Office. All except the licensing "in relation to Regulated entertainment, which remains with the DCMS", writes Jeremy Allen for Popplestone Allen, a legal practice specialising in licensing. See,

Mr Allen goes on to say, "In many ways this is sad news. DCMS was given responsibility for licensing in the early years of the decade and was responsible, arguably with inadequate resources, for the
Licensing Bill which became the 2003 Act. They also dealt with Gaming. The Home Office made determined efforts to regain control and have now done so. It will be interesting to see how the law develops."

So, for the time being, the Department of Culture Media and Sport continue to be responsible for licensing of live music, but not alcohol. There is sure to be much speculation on what this will mean
to the prospects of the new Licensing Bill authored by Lord Clement- Jones. Let's hope they are just clearing the way for the quick passage of Lord Tim's Bill into law.

Phil Little
Live Music Forum