This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on licensing. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

12.11.2014Mandatory conditions for alcohol sale
There are mandatory licensing conditions which ban irresponsible promotions; ensure free potable water for customers; ensure that small measures of beers, wine and spirits are offered and that customers are made aware of them; ensure that those selling or supplying alcohol have an age verification policy in place; ban the sale of alcohol below cost price.
16.10.2014Live Music Act 2012
The Live Music Act 2012 means that a licence for a live music performance is no longer required if it takes place between 8am and 11pm; it takes place at a licensed premises or workplace; the audience is no more than 200 people. A draft Order was laid before Parliament in July 2014 that would raise the audience limit to 500.
06.08.2014Alcohol: minimum pricing
A ban on the sale of alcohol below cost price (alcohol duty plus VAT) came into force on 28 May 2014. This followed the Government's announcement in July 2013 that it would not introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol.
19.06.2014Licensing Act 2003: objecting to a licence
Under the Licensing Act 2003 objections can be raised against an application for a new premises licence or a variation of an existing licence. It is also possible to trigger a review of an existing licence. The term used in the 2003 Act, regulations, and associated guidance is not 'objections' but 'representations".
28.01.2014Drinking in the street
There is no general prohibition on drinking in the street but certain offences relating to alcohol may be committed in public places.

Research Papers

17.09.2013Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill
Remote gambling operators currently need a licence in Britain only if they have equipment located here. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would move the regulation of remote gambling to a 'point of consumption' basis so that all remote operators would need a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain. The Government believes this will increase protection for British customers as well as enabling British-based operators to compete on an equal footing with other remote operators.
24.03.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Committee Stage Report [Bill 151 of 2010-11]
During the Committee stage, several Government amendments were made to the provisions on police reform. Some (for example, on police complaints, police and crime plans and disqualifying people convicted of imprisonable offences from becoming or being police and crime commissioners) were on matters of substance. By contrast, there were only minor amendments to the provisions of the misuse of drugs and no substantive amendments to the parts of the Bill covering licensing, protests in Parliament Square or universal jurisdiction.
09.12.2010Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill [Bill 116 of 2010-11]
This briefing on the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill has been prepared for the Second Reading debate on the Bill in the House of Commons. It specifically looks at areas covering police and arrest warrants; licensing; protests around parliament and the misuse of drugs.
31.12.2009Video Recordings Bill (Bill 14 of 2009-10)
This Bill would repeal and immediately revive, without amendment, the Video Recordings Act 1984. Its purpose is to rectify a procedural error made during the passage of the Act, thereby to make the latter enforceable in UK courts. It would also allow the Act to be subsequently amended by the Digital Economy Bill 2009-10.
15.10.2009Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition of Social Indicators includes an article from the Department of Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction, Helsinki, Finland This edition includes: Contribution from overseas Parliament: - Effects of Alcohol tax cuts in Finland in 2004 Article: - Alcohol policy and the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 Topical subject pages: - German Election 2009: Summary - Greek Election 2009: Summary - Portuguese Election 2009: Summary

Select Committee Reports

30.04.2009The Licensing Act 2003.
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee report [Commons]
31.03.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
27.01.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]
27.01.2009Regulatory Reform Committee.
Regulatory Reform Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House supports the call by PRS for Music for a national busking day in recognition of the importance of busking in developing new performers' careers and in the UK's cultural ...
That this House welcomes the continuing rise of outstanding UK folk, blues and bluegrass bands; notes the success of bands such as Up All Night, Stolen Property and the Toy Hearts; ...
That this House salutes the high level of skill and competence of River Thames Watermen holding boatmasters' licences plying their trade on one of Europe's most congested waterways; ...
That this House recognises that the number of road traffic accidents involving young people has increased over recent years; notes that the introduction of graduated driver licences ...
That this House believes that the interests of public safety demand a reduction in the availability and attractiveness of guns of all kinds; notes that air guns are still available ...

Lords Library Notes

07.04.2011Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill (HL Bill 62 of 2010-11)
This Library Note provides background reading for the second reading debate of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses