§ Brian Cotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of events that took place in places of236W public religious worship in 2002, which under the new proposals would require an entertainment licence; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Dr. Howells
The Department has made no estimate of the number of events that currently take place in places of public religious worship.
However, as I stated in the House of Commons on 16 December 2002, Official Report, column 517, the Government have made a commitment to reconsider their position on the licensing of churches and will announce their conclusions as soon as possible.