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News - 12 March 2003
Minister Opposes Nightclub Levy for Late Night Transport
At a Commons select committee meeting on 11th March the Culture Minister Kim Howells said he was opposed to making late night bars and pubs pay for the cost of extra policing and late night transport which is encouraging for the industry but
the same committee has seen an avalanche of opposition to the proposed relaxation of licensing laws. Mr Howells was against any new charges for clubs and bars because of the damage that it might inflict on a sector that is already reeling from reduced sales and increased overheads.
To address suggestions that the effect of late night drinking on city centres in disproportionate there is a possibility that planning laws will be reviewed so that a wide range of establishments e.g. bingo halls, cinemas, nightclubs etc were not all included in the same "use class" under planning law. This would prevent places from metamorphosing into different use classes without any need for a fresh planning application.
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