Following extensive parliamentary debate and public consultation the new Licensing Act finally received Royal Assent on 10th July 2003. This new act will usher in radical and controversial changes in the licensing laws.
Outline the main provisions of the act. Consider and discuss whether the Government's aims for this new law are likely to be achieved.
What are the differences between the old Act regulating the supplying and selling of alcohol, providing entertainment and refreshments in the night:
1) The new act is a big single one, which integrates all the premises on which alcohol is to be served, entertainment and refreshments are provided.
2) The licenses are not issued by the magistrates, but by the local authorities.
3) The hours on which the premises can sell alcohol are not strictly regulated - every premise can choose the hours to sell alcohol.
4) There are new measurements to enforce restrictions or under age drinking
5) There are new arrangements for registered clubs
The aims of the new Licensing Act are as follows:
a) reducing crime and disorder
b) encouraging tourism
c) reducing alcohol misuse
d) encouraging self-sufficient rural communities
These proposals try to modernize the licensing scheme in England and Wales.
The nine parts of the Licensing act are:
Part one - "Licensable activities" - Act provides for a single licensing system for all premises used for licensable activities.
Part two - "Licensing authorities" - 2 lists the bodies which are to be licensing authorities under the Act, describes the licensing objectives which the licensing authority must promote, and places an obligation on licensing authorities to publish a statement of licensing policy.
Part three - "Premises licenses" - Act provides for a single licensing system for all premises used for licensable activities.
Part four - "Clubs" -...