Estelle Morris, the arts minister, has invited the British music industry to comment on what the government can do to help strengthen the provision of live music in pubs and clubs around the UK. Morris said: "From the Beatles at the Cavern Club, to George Melly at Ronnie Scott's, to Norma Waterson at the Cambridge Folk Festival, we have a live music reputation to be proud of. But it's a tradition to live up to and build on." The consultation will be led by the Live Music Forum, a body created by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to monitor the effects of the new Licensing Act on the industry. The Forum is chaired by former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey. Sharkey said: "No idea will be too sensational. For the first time the industry is getting the opportunity to influence government policy and I wholeheartedly recommend they use it."