Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Deregulation Ninth Report

Letter from the Clerk to the Home Office

The Chairman yesterday saw the responses from the licensing authorities, and has a number of questions arising from these responses which he would like the Home Office to answer.

1. Do the Home Office see licensing and dancing as co-extensive?

2. What is the Home Office's view of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) proposal that "extended hours should not be an automatic right, but subject to assessment of a locality on the basis of the effects of noise, nuisance and disorder. To that end, every premise should be considered independently for suitability."?

3. The Home Office's memorandum (paragraph 30), states that:

    58 local authorities were in favour of its proposals;
    9 were opposed; and
    4 expressed no preference.

Would you agree with the following rather fuller analysis, which the Committee may wish to include in its report:

    33 local authorities were fully in favour of the proposals (one responded twice);
    24 were in favour, but with reservations/proposed amendments;
    5 expressed no clear preference, but all suggested modifications;
    1 supported the liquor licensing proposals only, and those with modifications;
    5 were opposed (and so was the Kensington and Chelsea Opposition Group)

(This adds up to 71 (the same total as the Home Office's figure), if one (i) allows the one case of double counting; (ii) counts the Kensington and Chelsea Opposition Group as a local authority, and (iii) counts the Local Government Association in the same way. In case it helps, I am appending to this letter my own groupings of the responses which the Home Office received from the various local authorities.)

4. In the light of concerns expressed about the inadequacy of the protection provided for residents by some of the local authorities which, if any, of the proposals put forward by these authorities in response to the consultation exercise would the Home Office accept?

The Chairman thought that it would be helpful for you to have a written indication of these questions before tomorrow's meeting. In addition, having noted that the explanatory document by the Home Office mentions only a small number of the reservations made by some respondents to the consultation paper, the Chairman would like the Home Office to provide the Committee with a supplementary memorandum in advance of its meeting next week (15 March), summarising the main reservations/amendments contained in the licensing authority responses and the Government's response to each of them.

7 March 2000

33 local authorities fully in favour of the proposals
Birmingham City CouncilLancaster City Council
Burgess Hill Town CouncilLuton Borough Council
Caerphilly County Borough CouncilMaldon District Council
Canterbury City CouncilMid Devon District Council
Cardiff County CouncilNew Forest District Council
Clayton Parish CouncilNewport County Borough
Dacorum Borough CouncilOxfordshire Rural Community Council
Darlington Borough CouncilRugby Borough Council
East Devon District Council (responded twice) Runnymede Borough Council
East Northamptonshire CouncilRushmoor Borough Council
Eden District CouncilSouth Bucks District Council
Fenland District CouncilSouthend-on-Sea Borough Council
Great Yarmouth Borough CouncilStockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Halton Borough CouncilThurrock Council
Hurstpierpoint Parish CouncilWandsworth Borough Council
Hyndburn Borough CouncilWest Oxfordshire District Council
Isle of Anglesey County Council
24 local authorities in favour, but with reservations/proposed amendments
Barrow Borough CouncilNorth Wales Association of Town Councils
Bexley CouncilNorth Warwickshire Borough Council
City of WestminsterSedgemoor District Council
Daventry District CouncilShepway District Council
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council South Gloucestershire Council
London Borough of CamdenSouth Lakeland District Council
London Borough of CroydonSouthwark
London Borough of RedbridgeSuffolk Coastal District Council
Medway CouncilSurrey Heath Borough Council
Mid Beds District CouncilTandridge District Council
Newcastle City CouncilTendring District Council
Newcastle Under Lyme Borough CouncilWatford Council
5 local authorities expressing no clear preference, but suggesting modifications
Hart District Council
London Borough of Sutton
Monmouthshire County Council
Warwick District Council
West Wiltshire District Council
1 community association supporting the liquor licensing proposals only, with modifications
Boldon C. A.
5 local authorities opposing the proposals
Bedford Borough Council
Bridgnorth District Council
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
Worth Parish Council

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