[Dixielandjazz] Live music venues

Jazzjerry at aol.com Jazzjerry at aol.com
Wed Mar 12 06:35:24 PST 2003

Hi all,

A little while ago the DJML resounded with some discussion concerning the 
proposed changes to the licensing laws in England and Wales relating to the 
provision of live music and the need for possibly draconion licensing 
requirments which could affect jazz provision. 

The Guardian reports this morning that the gevernment suffered a defeat in 
the House of Lords yesterday when an amendment to the Bill was passed 
exemptring all small premises from licensing for performances of live music. 
This amendment would mean that smaller pubs and restaurants would be able to 
offer live entertainment as long as their capacity was below 250 people and 
the entertainment finished by 11.30pm. 

A comment by a petulant pratt from the government side, Lord McIntosh, is 
worth repeating in that he said the amendment could result in children under 
18 being allowed to watch sex films. Another government spokesperson stated 
after the vote,"They have voted for eight-year olds to watch the unexpurgated 
Texas Chain Saw Massacre."

An enquiry should be launched to discover which planet these Government 
persons come from!!!! 



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