§ Mr. Andrew Hargreaves
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what consultations or guidelines his Department has initiated with local authorities concerning acid house parties.
§ Mr. Heathcoat-Amory
The Government are supporting a private Member's Bill which would increase the penalties for infringement by party organisers of the licensing laws. The working party on my Department's review of noise has been looking into the problems posed by acid house parties. Subject to its recommendations, my Department with the help of the Home Office will be issuing guidance to local authorities.