British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds has given evidence (18th October) to the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry into the Licensing Act 2003, alongside other leading figures from the beer and pub sector.
The appearance follows on from the BBPA’s submission of comprehensive written evidence to the enquiry, in which the BBPA called for greater stability in the licensing system.
Brigid Simmonds comments:
“I was grateful to be asked to give evidence to the committee, to which the BBPA has already submitted full written evidence on behalf of our members.
“I took the opportunity to highlight to Peers that, after so many changes to the Licensing Act, the pub sector really needs a period of stability. I also drew attention to the work undertaken by the industry to reduce alcohol related harm, highlighting the partnership schemes that have been so successful, such as Pubwatch and Best Bar None, which promote a safe drinking environment in partnership with the police and local licensing authorities.”
“I was clear that the Late Night Levy is a tax, not a partnership, and that BBPA is opposed to changes which will make this easier to impose on part of a local authority area. I also highlighted inconsistencies in enforcement, particularly around types of variation, representations and blanket conditions and how local authorities deal with these. We have called for a full review and consultation on Section 182 Guidance to achieve greater national consistency.”