HL Deb 15 December 2003 vol 655 c103WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why, in their public consultation document A Future Fair for All they ask whether big night clubs, which generate public order problems, should pay towards the costs of controlling disorder outside as well as inside their premises, having rejected the idea when it was discussed during the proceedings on the Licensing Bill. [HL186]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

The public consultation document AFuture Fair for All is a Labour Party, not a government, document.

We are concerned about the costs of policing late-night entertainment venues. We believe that partnership working is key to tackling crime and disorder. There are already some excellent examples of this such as City Centre Safe in Manchester and we want to see more schemes where entertainment outlets help to contribute to the additional services needed to manage the night-time economy.

The Home Office is working closely with the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit to develop an alcohol harm reduction strategy for England. The strategy will tackle a wide range of issues including managing the costs of crime and disorder.