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Licensing Act feedback wanted

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Government has published a consultation document on the guidance to the 2003 Licensing Act, which has been heavily criticised since its inception.

The Act, which requires individuals to acquire a personal licence to supply alcohol, and a premises licence on top of that, came under fire because of its one-size-fits-all approach. Mail-order merchants also complained that they do not technically have a premises', in that they do not sell directly to the public.

The new consultation, which is being carried out by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will cover the following topics:

licence conditions

role of local councillors

role of designated premises supervisors


control of nuisance/crime and disorder outside licensed premises.

The deadline for responses, which can be sent by email to, is 11 April.

A spokesman for the Wine & Spirit Trade Association told Harpers that it will produce a thorough response' to the consultation.