At the end of May, it was announced that an ad-hoc House of Lords Committee was to be established to consider and report on the Licensing Act 2003. The areas that the Committee are to investigate are as yet unknown and the Committee is expected to publish a call for evidence in due course with the Committee to report to the House by the 31 March 2017.
As is reported in the Morning Advertiser, the desire to eliminate or at least reduce the effects of harmful drinking is as noble as the upper house itself but it is critical not to penalise responsible Licensees at the same time.
It is to be hoped that their findings will be considered appropriate, proportionate and balanced.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.