Licensing

House of Lords licensing report expected by April

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Act scrutinised: results on the impact of the Licensing Act will be revealed next year
Act scrutinised: results on the impact of the Licensing Act will be revealed next year

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The House of Lords licensing committee is expected to publish its report into the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 by the beginning of April 2017.

A spokesman from the House of Lords told The Morning Advertiser​ that the estimated publication would be the end of March or beginning of April. However, this estimated date is subject to change.

The final evidence session of the Lords inquiry will take place on Tuesday 13 December, when two Government ministers will be quizzed on whether laws on licensing and alcohol sales are working.

The two ministers, Sarah Newton MP, Under-Secretary of State for Vulnerability, Safeguarding and Countering Extremism at the Home Office, and Nicola Blackwood MP, Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation for the Department of Health, will both give evidence to the committee on the Licensing Act 2003.

During the past six months, the committee’s inquiry has heard evidence claiming that the licensing committee system is failing and should be aligned on planning, appeals should no longer go to magistrates’ courts and minimum unit pricing would be an effective control on alcohol abuse.

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