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Licensing Law

Asked if the Prime Minister shared the same view as Paul Goggins regarding the number of incidents reported by police would increase as a result of the introduction of the Licensing Law, the PMOS replied that he presumed what Mr. Goggins was reflecting what Tessa Jowell had said. She said that inevitably, if the police focused on a particular area in policing, then inevitably, the number of arrests in the area would increase because police resources were concentrated on that area.

Put that was not the goal of the Licensing Act was to bring down the number of drink-related incidences over time, the PMOS said: absolutely. However, if an area was concentrated on, then inevitably, in the short term, the number of convictions went up. For example, if speed driving was focused on, the number of arrests would increase.

Asked how long people would have to wait before a decrease could be shown, the PMOS replied what was important was not only that the police applied the law, but that people saw the law being applied, including against problem premises and problem individuals.

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