You may remember that in May last year the Court of Appeal upheld Mr Justice Keith’s ruling in the High Court that, as a result of the Services Directive, licensing authorities could not charge licensees more than the costs of the authorisation procedures themselves. The High Court held that while the costs of the authorisation – including monitoring comThe Hemming case has not gone away just yet!
Yet another Private Member’s Bill has been introduced seeking to amend licensing legislation – this time the regulation of sex establishments.
The Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 28 January 2014 under the Ten Minute Rule sponsored by Diana Johnson, MP for Kingston upon Hull North.
Current Awareness: Sex Establishments (Regulation) Bill
Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell and Newquay, called on the Government to tighten the regulation of exempt sexual entertainment.
For many years prior to the adoption of the sexual entertainment venue provisions in the Policing and Crime Act, Secrets have run sexual entertainment venue s in Euston, Holborn, Swiss Cottage and Covent Garden for many years, without regulatory problems.Secrets v London Borough of Camden
In a judgement predicted to have a huge impact on the funding of regulation, Westminster City Council has lost its appeal against an earlier High Court decision ruling that its licensing fees for sex shops were unWestminster City Council lose sex licence fee appeal
In this case a licensing sub-committee of South Buckinghamshire District Council refused to grant an application for a Sexual Entertainment Licence (SEL).
The subcommittee refused the application on the grounds that the grant of this SEL would be inappropriate having regard to –
- the character of the locality where the Premises are situatedR (KVP ENT LTD) v South Bucks DC
Westminster City Council’s appeal against a High Court decision was heard by the Court of Appeal on the 14th of January.Westminster Council awaiting decision on fees appeal