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Licensing Act 1964


 

This act was repealed by the Licensing Act 2003 but we've included it here purely for historical interest. Two sections were relevant to paid sex:

Section 175: Prostitutes not to be allowed to assemble on licensed premises

(1)The holder of a justices’ licence shall not knowingly allow the licensed premises to be the habitual resort or place of meeting of reputed prostitutes, whether the object of their so resorting or meeting is or is not prostitution; but this section does not prohibit his allowing any such persons to remain in the premises for the purpose of obtaining reasonable refreshment for such time as is necessary for that purpose.

This seemed to suggest that while it was acceptable for a girl or girls to go for a social drink, if they were (say) to begin touting for business, the landlord could have run into difficulties (as could've the girls).

(2)If the holder of a justices’ licence contravenes this section he shall be liable, on a first conviction to a fine not exceeding [xxx], and on a subsequent conviction to a fine not exceeding [xxx].
As fines were increased from time to time, we have not bothered to put precise figures.

Section 176: Permitting licensed premises to be a brothel

(1)If the holder of a justices’ licence permits the licensed premises to be a brothel, he shall be liable to a fine not exceeding [xxx]. (He could of course have almost certainly face more serious criminal charges).
(2)If the holder of a justices’ licence is convicted, whether under this section or under any other enactment, of permitting his premises to be a brothel, he shall forfeit the licence.

 

There are no equivalent sections in the 2003 Act