Jeremy Balfour MSP has made a proposal for a Bill to improve animal welfare by enhancing local authority pet shop licensing powers and updating the licensing system including in relation to licence conditions, fees and inspections.

The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1st February 2008. The Scottish Government has issued a consultation regarding the sections of these Regulations which relate to the public notification process.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to seek views on animal sanctuaries and rehoming agencies to be required to hold a license or be registered to carry out these activities depending on the size of the undertaking. It looks to refine proposals surrounding thresholds for registration and licensing and enforcement.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on guidance on the provisions for licensing of sexual entertainment venues and changes to licensing of theatres.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued a consultation to seek views on the UK Government's proposals related to gaming machines and social responsibility measures.

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation to set out information relating to Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol, and the government's preferred price of 50 pence per unit of alcohol.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport have issued a call for evidence regarding maximum stakes and prizes of gaming machines across all premises licensed under the Gambling Act 2005; the number and location of gaming machines across all licensed premises; and social responsibility measures to protect players and communities from gambling related harm.