§ (1) A local authority may do, or arrange for the doing of, or contribute towards the expenses of the doing of, anything necessary or expedient for any of the following purposes, that is to say—
- (a) the provision of an entertainment of any nature or of facilities for dancing;
- (b) the provision of a theatre, concert hall, dance hall or other premises suitable for the giving of entertainments or the holding of dances;
- (c) the maintenance of a band or orchestra;
- (d) any purpose incidental to the matters aforesaid, including the provision, in connection with the giving of any entertainment or the holding of any dance, of refreshments or programmes and the advertising of any such entertainment or dance:
§ Provided that the powers conferred on a local authority by this Subsection shall not be exercised in relation to any entertainment or dance held in any place outside the area of that authority, or in relation to a theatre, concert hall, dance hall or other premises situate in any place outside that area, unless—
- (i) that place is convenient for residents in the area of that authority;
- (ii) the local authority for the area within which that place is situate consent.
§ (2) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of the preceding Subsection, a local authority—
- (a) may for the purposes therein specified enclose or set apart any part of a park or pleasure ground belonging to the authority or under their control not exceeding one acre or one-tenth of the area of the park or pleasure ground whichever is the greater;
- (b) may permit any theatre, concert hall, dance hall or other premises provided by them for the purposes of the preceding Subsection and any part of a park or pleasure ground enclosed or set apart as aforesaid, to be used by any other person, on such terms as to payment or otherwise as the
1268 authority think fit, and may authorise that other person to make charges for admission thereto;
- (c) may themselves make charges for admission to any entertainment or dance held by them and for any refreshment or programmes supplied at any such entertainment or dance:
§ Provided that nothing in this Subsection shall authorise any authority to contravene any covenant or condition subject to which a gift or lease of a public park or pleasure ground has been accepted or made without the consent of the donor, grantor, lessor or other person entitled in law to the benefit of the covenant or condition.
(3) The expenditure of a local authority under this Section (excluding capital expenditure, but including loan charges) shall not in any year exceed the product of a rate of sixpence in the pound, plus the net amount of any receipts of the authority from any such charges or payments as are referred to in the last preceding Subsection:
Provided that where a local authority exercise any powers under any statutory provision other than this Act for the provision by them of entertainments or the holding by them of dances, any expenditure incurred by them under those powers (excluding capital expenditure but including loan charges) less the net amount of the receipts, if any, of the authority in respect of the exercise of those powers shall, for the purpose of determining whether any, and if so what, expenditure may be incurred in any year under this Subsection, be taken into account as if it was expenditure under this Section.
§ (4) Nothing in this Section shall affect the provisions of any enactment by virtue of which a licence is required for the public performance of a stage play or the public exhibition of cinematograph films, or for public music or dancing, or for the sale of intoxicating liquor or tobacco.
§ (5) In this Section, the expression "local authority" means the council of a county borough, metropolitan borough or county district or the common council of the City of London
§ (6) The following enactments are hereby repealed, that is to say, paragraph (3) of Section forty-four of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act, 1903; paragraphs (d), (e) and (h) of Subsection (1) of Section seventy-six of the Public Health Acts Amendment Act, 1907; Subsections (1) to (4) of Section fifty-six and the proviso to Subsection (1) of Section seventy of the Public Health Act, 1925; the proviso to Subsection (1) of Section two hundred and twenty-six of the Public Health Act, 1936; the proviso to Subsection (1) of Section one hundred and seventy-two of the Public Health (London) Act, 1936; in Subsection (5) of Section ten of the Physical Training and Recreation Act, 1937, the words from "Provided that," to the end of the Subsection; and in Subsection (5) of Section seventy-four of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1947, the words from "so however," to the end of the Subsection.1269
(7) Nothing in this Section shall have effect so as to extend the powers of the council of a county or of a parish under Section seventy of the Public Health Act, 1925 (which relates to the use of the offices of an authority fox entertainments) as applied to those councils by Section four of the Physical Training and Recreation Act, 1937, and accordingly the following proviso shall be inserted at the end of Subsection (2) of the said Section four, that is to say—
Provided that the following restrictions shall have effect with respect to any concert or other entertainment provided by the council of a county or of a parish by virtue of this Section, that is to say—
§ (8) In the application of this Section to Scotland—
- (a) the expression "local authority," includes the town council of a small burgh, a district council, and the county council of each of the separate counties combined for the purposes mentioned in Section one hundred and eighteen of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1947;
- (b) for any reference to intoxicating liquor there shall be substituted a reference to excisable liquor;
- (c) for any reference to a rate of sixpence in the pound there shall be substituted a reference to a rate of four and four-fifths pence in the pound;
- (d) expenditure incurred by a district council under this Section shall not be taken into account in calculating the limit imposed on the district rate by Section two hundred and twenty-six of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1947.—[Mr. Bevan.]
§ Brought up, and read the First time.
§ Motion made, and Question, "That the Second Reading of the Clause be postponed till after the consideration of the Amendments to Schedule 2," put, and agreed to.—[Mr. Bevan.]