Licensing handed over to Home Office

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Licensing matters will primarily be dealt with by the Home Office, according to a statement from the Prime Minister today. In the statement David...

Licensing matters will primarily be dealt with by the Home Office, according to a statement from the Prime Minister today.

In the statement David Cameron confirms that the majority of licensing issues will be moved across from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which was responsible for the implementation of the Licensing Act.

It says: "Responsibility for the Licensing Act 2003, except in relation to regulated entertainment, will transfer from the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to the Home Secretary."

The move had been anticipated by some in the industry as Home Secretary Theresa May is currently in the process of reviewing the Licensing Act.

In the same statement Cameron said that the Food Standards Agency in England will remain a "non-ministerial department reporting to Parliament through health ministers."

The statement adds: "In England, nutrition policy will become a responsibility of the secretary of state for health. Food labelling and food composition policy, where not related to food safety, will become a responsibility of the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs."

Last week a Home Office document revealed that new laws to "overhaul" the licensing regime and ban below-cost selling of alcohol should be in place by November 2011.

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