Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from members of the British Entertainment & Disco Association (BEDA)

The Committee received similar letters from the following nightclubs:

Atlantis, Wolverhampton
Bakers the Club, Birmingham
The Beach, Luton
Broadway Boulevard, Llandudno
Buzz Bar, Wakefield
Cinderella's, Guildford
Club Eros, Hereford
Club Pazazz, Rochdale
Club Zeus, Chelmsford
Discotheque Royale, Manchester
Dome II, Birmingham
Ethos & Visage, Hemel Hempstead
Ethos & Visage, Huddersfield
Event II, Brighton
Fifth Avenue, Oxford
The Gardens, Yeovil
Gas Street, Rugby
Gregorys, Nantwich
Henry Afrika's, Scunthorpe
Hollywood, Romford
Hotshots, Glasgow
Idols Sports & Music Bar, Kendal
Ikon, Bolton
Ikon & Diva, Coventry
Ikon & Diva, Crawley
Ikon, Newcastle upon Tyne
Ikon & Diva, Southampton
Ikon & Diva, York
Isis, Nottingham
Jimmy's, Harrogate
Jumping Jaks, Romford
Jumping Jaks, Swansea
Kudos, Leicester
Lansons & The Quay Club, Gloucester
Legends & Harley's, Castleford
Liberty's, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Liberty's, Southport
Lingards, Bradford
Meancats & Genesis, Burnley
Millennium Complex, Plymouth
Millennium Discotheque, Teesside
Millennium Nightclub, Harlow
The Palais, Nottingham
Paradox Discotheque, Aintree
The Park End Club, Oxford
The Park Nightclub, Kendal
Passion Nightclub, Kendal
Pier 39, Cleethorpes
Pink Coconut, Derby
Plaza, St Helens
Ritzy, Leeds
Route 66, Southsea
Rumours, Clacton on Sea
Shannon Centre, Ilford
Strikes, Skegness
Ten/The Yard, Mansfield
Time, Cheltenham
Time, Norwich
Toffs, York
The Works Nightclub, Corby
Zone & Ethos, Gillingham

We support reform of the 1780 Sunday Observance Act as we are keen to have the right to apply to open on a Sunday. We believe that individuals should have the right to determine how best to spend their leisure time providing this does not impact on the right of others to peace and quiet.

We welcome the measures contained within the Order to protect local residents and employees. Because we will need to apply to our local authority to open on a Sunday there will be local control and accountability.

We believe there is widespread public support for reform. In addition to our customers and employees, beneficiaries will include taxi drivers, fast food outlets, restaurants, charities, fundraising events and dance schools.

The nightclub trade association, British Entertainment & Disco Association (BEDA) has proposed a code of practice, which enables staff to opt out of Sunday working if they wish. The Government's Order contains this code of conduct and we are happy to work within its rules.

We believe that these proposals represent a sensible alliance of rights for consumers and safeguards for the public and employees. We therefore believe they will be widely welcomed and we fully support the Order.

January 2000

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