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Licensing Act

April 20, 2009

Question written on 20/04/2009

Given the proliferation of lap-dancing applications throughout the country, is the Minister convinced that the interests of local residents are best served by the new licensing authorities?or by the magistrates courts, which were part of the regime before the 2003 Act came into force?

Answered by Gerry Sutcliffe

The 2003 Act is working and powers are available to local authorities and the police to close down premises, including lap-dancing clubs, that are not operating in a proper manner. But there certainly is an issue around lap dancing; that is why it is important that while the Policing and Crime Bill is before the House we seek to strengthen any provisions that would stop the proliferation of such clubs.