§ Mr. Whittingdale
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to amend the regulation known as the two-in-the-bar rule for public entertainment licences; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
Under section 182 of the Licensing Act 1964, a public entertainment licence is not required for live music by up to two performers in any premises where a justices' licence authorising the sale of alcohol is in force. We have no immediate plans to bring forward amendments to this provision; but we are looking at the public entertainment licensing arrangements generally, to see whether any changes are needed.