The Policing & Crime Bill was introduced to Parliament on the 10th February 2016 and is proposing to amend the Licensing Act in a number of ways, namely:
- Amending the definition of alcohol to ensure that powdered alcohol and vaporised alcohol falls within its definition;
- Amending the Summary Review process to allow Licensing Authorities to maintain interim steps between the Review hearing and the outcome of an Appeal;
- Proposing a limit on the number of times a licensee can make representations against the interim steps imposed before the Summary Review hearing takes place;
- Proposing to give Licensing Authorities the power to revoke or suspend a Personal Licence when someone is convicted of a Relevant Offence;
- Proposing to add to the list of Relevant Offences; and
- Proposing to remove the requirement to lay the Section 182 Statutory Guidance before Parliament when it is revised.
The second reading of the Bill is not yet determined.