More licensing legislation on horizon

THE Scottish Government has announced plans to introduce more licensing legislation.

Outlining its political agenda for the next year following the summer recess, the SNP-led government said it plans to introduce a new Licensing Bill – the third package of licensing reform since the 2005 Licensing Act came into force on September 1, 2009.
Although the Bill has yet to be published, the government said the proposed new legislation is designed to give local authorities more control over a number of different areas, including the sale of alcohol and the regulation of sexual entertainment venues. It will include a new offence for supplying alcohol to under 18s.
The sexual entertainment section of the Bill will be influenced by the outcome of the consultation on sexual entertainment venues, which closes on September 24.
• Full story in SLTN September 19.