HC Deb 07 May 1999 vol 330 c484W
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. [83295]

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.