MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee are to investigate the effects of the 2003 Licensing Act which the Government claimed would “reduce the problems of disorder and disturbance associated with fixed universal closing times” and allow pubs and clubs to stay open for up to 24 hours.
The Committee are inviting submissions on the following points:
- Whether there has been any change in levels of public nuisance, numbers of night-time offences or perceptions of public safety since the Act came into force;
- The impact of the Act on the performance of live music;
- The financial impact of the Act on sporting and social clubs;
- Whether the Act has led, or looks likely to lead, to a reduction in bureaucracy for those applying for licences under the new regime and for those administering it;
- Whether the anticipated financial savings for relevant industries will be realised.
Details of how to make a submission can be found on the Committee’s website.