A survey by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) with Mori found a fifth of village halls appear to be at risk of contravening the Licensing Act or are restricting the number of events they hold. The new licensing laws has have imposed an annual limit of 12 temporary events notices which has meant that hundreds of village halls have had to turn away bookings to comply with the law. ACRE wants the limit raised to 35 because it says village halls are losing revenue as a result. Its survey found 57% of halls that responded felt the limit was inadequate. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it would consider the findings, but added the cap ensured people were adequately protected from excessive noise, nuisance and disturbance. The Daily Telegraph 01/07/06 page 11