Annex B Letter to the Home Office|
Business In Sport and Leisure (BISL) is an umbrella
organisation that represents nearly 100 private sector companies
in the sport and leisure industry and many consultants who specialise
in this field. All the operators of leisure facilities who are
members of BISL have a liquor licence. Members of BISL who are
listed on the London Stock Exchange have a combined market capitalisation
in excess of £43 billion.
In summary, BISL is in favour of all the proposals
put forward in this consultation paper. BISL has been a proponent
of change to the Sunday Observance Act for the past 10 years.
We believe that the Act is outdated both in years (nearly 220)
and in its component parts and does not meet the needs of modern
consumers. It is also out outmoded in the light of other changes
made to trading laws for Sundays over the past 10 years. It is
now possible to shop on Sundays and the Sunday Observance Act
has already been changed to allow for the payment of tickets to
watch sport on Sundays and to allow horse racing and betting on
Sundays. A change to allow for the payment for 'dancing in the
streets on Sundays' will benefit not only the leisure industry,
but also many charities who are prevented from organising public
charitable events on Sunday in return for payment for tickets.
New Year's Eve will fall on a Sunday in the year 2000. It is inconceivable
that the payment for dancing will not be allowed on this important
BISL believes that the proposal to permit extensions
of hours for premises with a PEL on Sundays to 12.30 a.m. is sound,
but would support the proposals by BEDA (The British Entertainment
and Discotheque Association) for flexibility in permitting future
changes to hours to be made without recourse to Parliament. Perhaps
this can be considered during the current Home Office licensing
BISL supports the complementary change to hours of
opening for registered clubs and casinos. In the spirit of other
changes to the Act, BISL is also in favour of the change which
will permit restaurants to apply for an extension of hours for
restaurants to 12.30 a.m. on Sundays.
Protection for residents and corporate responsibility
by operators is essential to the success of later opening hours
for nightclubs, restaurants, casinos or registered clubs on Sundays.
BISL supports the proposals for late licenses on Sundays to be
restricted locally on the grounds of disturbance caused or the
unsuitability of the premises. Magistrates should be urged when
making this restriction to give reasons for their refusal to grant
a late licence.
BISL is happy for these proposals to be made public
and would wish to have our views known to both Committees in the
House of Lords and Commons who will consider the proposed Deregulation
Order. Please let me know if there are any questions about this
28 September 1999