Published on August 15th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
The Licensing Act 2003
Sixth Report of Session 2008–09
Here is a summary of the latest Licensing Act report made in 2009. A copy of the full report can be found here.
The licensing process
We note that although the Licensing Act has simplified and improved the licensing process
there is still concern that the system is too bureaucratic, complicated and time-consuming,
especially where a premises is run by volunteers. We conclude that the Government
should, together with local authorities, licence applicants and other stakeholders, evaluate
the licensing forms with the aim of making them more user friendly.
Personal licence holders
We note that it is important that there is appropriate control of the personal licence holder
system in order to prevent abuse, and recommend the implantation of a national database
of licence holders to improve the level of information available to local authorities and the
police. We are not convinced by the Government’s argument that lack of evidence of such
abuse is a reason not to create a national database; indeed we believe without one it seems
unlikely such evidence could be proffered. We further recommend that, where a personal
licence must be transferred due to the death of the licence holder, the allowable period for
doing so should be increased from seven to 21 days.