Mr Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) if he will (a) publish the findings of and (b) respond to the previous administration's consultation on an exemption to the Licensing Act 2003 for small venues with a capacity of 100 hosting live performances; [12173]

(2) what recent discussions he has had on the operation of the Licensing Act 2003 with trade unions representing performers; [12174]

(3) what plans he has to review the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 affecting venues hosting live music performances; and if he will make a statement; [12175]

(4) what assessment he has made of the merits of reviewing the Licensing Act 2003 with a view to creating a portable licence for travelling performers; and if he will make a statement. [12176]

Mr Jeremy Hunt: The Government are committed to moving quickly to reduce red tape around live music and other forms of live performances, including those by travelling performers. However we want to get this right, so I have been talking to people from the sector and from local government to get their views. I hope to bring forward proposals as soon as possible.

Responses to the live music consultation were published on 26 June 2010 and can be accessed at: