Liquor Licensing Statistics Scotland 2010-11
Scotland’s Chief Statistician has released Liquor licensing statistics Scotland 2010-11. This is being released as a web table showing information on premises and personal licences in force, applications and reviews/proceedings.
The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came fully into force in September 2009 and the release reflects the first full year of operation under the new licensing arrangements.
The overall number of premises licences in force on 31 March 2011 is about 16,300. At this stage, it is difficult to meaningfully compare these figures over time due to changes in the way licences are being administered under current licensing arrangements (for instance, single licences for premises which were previously subject to multiple licences, and registered clubs coming under the responsibility of licensing boards rather than sheriff courts).
In addition, most local authority licensing boards have put in place new IT systems to manage the implementation of the 2005 Act and there may be future issues of comparability until a longer run of data becomes available.
This statistical news release has been revised from the original one issued on 15 March which included inappropriate references to comparisons over time.
Key changes introduced by the Licensing (Scotland) 2005 Act include:
* Introducing five Licensing Objectives which underlie the Act and all decisions relating to it. These are:
> Preventing crime and disorder;
> Securing public safety;
> Preventing public nuisance;
> Protecting and improving public health;
> Protecting children from harm.
* Replacing all previous licence categories with a single premises licence and a personal licence
* Inclusion of premises operating plans and layout plans with licence applications
* Personal licensees must hold an accredited licensing qualification
* Mandatory training for staff who sell or serve alcohol
It must be noted that most local authority licensing boards have put in place new IT systems to manage the changes in procedure, and some of these systems are still in the process of bedding in. This is particularly the case in terms of extracting details of personal licences, with some local authorities being unable to provide all the data requested. The figures presented in this statistical news release are those which have been possible to quality assure to a satisfactory level to date.
This is a National Statistics release for Scotland. Official and National Statistics are produced to professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs and are produced free from political interference.
* Licensing (Scotland) 2005 Act briefing pack