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The British Beer & Pub Association is also worried about proposed changes to music licensing, along with other concerns which it has agreed with...

The British Beer & Pub Association is also worried about proposed changes to music licensing, along with other concerns which it has agreed with the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, the British Hospitality Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and Business in Sport & Leisure. The bodies have tabled a series of amendments to the Bill which reflect their concerns on a number of issues including the amount of red tape which is being proposed, increased use of police powers, and the lack of a proper split between personal and premises licences. While transitional arrangements allow for the continuation of current businesses under their existing permission for boththe sale of alcohol and the provisionof entertainment, they exclude thepermission for up to two musicians to play in a pub. BBPA spokesman Mark Hastings said: "This means that all pubs will need to re-apply for such entertainment, which involves more red tape. We are not aware that such entertainment enjoyed by many customers throughout the land is in any way the cause of disorder or nuisance. The Government should re-think this one." Generally he said the proposals meant too many forms and procedures. "The Bill is written by lawyers for lawyers. We wanted to see the burden of bureaucracy lifted to the benefit of business and administrators alike.

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