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Inniss working towards liquor licence ease

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Inniss working towards liquor licence ease

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CABINET HAS APPROVED a new framework for the liquor licensing system and guidelines are being prepared for the Chief Parliamentary Counsel’s office to draft the legislation.

Word of this came yesterday from Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss, who also said he would be looking to see how liquor licence fees could be reduced as well.

People applying for a liquor licence have to go through the magistrates’ courts, and Inniss said he was determined to have the process shifted and placed under the responsibility of his ministry to make life easier for applicants.

“The usual permissions from other authorities such as the police and Fire Service may be required, but we turn around those applications quickly and once they are issued, they remain valid for a few years unless there is some infraction,” he said, while speaking at a meeting of business people from the small, medium and micro enterprise sectors at Bagnall Point Gallery, Pelican Village, The City. (GC)

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