Alcohol industry lawyers have been accused of exploiting small print in the new licensing laws to remove restrictions which keep youngsters under 14 out of pubs, bars and clubs. The Mail on Sunday points the finger at Urbium, owner of the Tiger Tiger chain, whose directors include Tory leadership Urbium has upset The Mail on Sunday by challenging in court Westminster City Council rulings which would ban children from its bars. The paper claims pub and bar chains have discovered a loophole in the Licensing Act which would allow under-16s to enter and be served a non-alcoholic drink provided they are accompanied by an adult. There is no curfew, it adds, limiting how late a child can remain so those "not even in their teens could legally be in bars or clubs all night". And the "adult" doesn't have to be a parent. It could be an older sibling, or even a friend. An unnamed senior London policeman is quoted as saying that they are "seriously concerned" the new law will make it harder to keep under-age children out of pubs. Urbium chief executive Steve Richards said he was "bemused" by the rumpus. He insisted the firm only intended allowing children into restaurant areas and had very strict standards. The Spirit Group also wants to allow children into its pubs, but a spokesman said it only supported "responsible drinking" and would not serve alcohol to under-18s. In another part of the paper, columnist William Rees-Mogg also sounds off about the Licensing Act which he describes as "the darling of greedy brewers". Buying vodka at 3am, he moans, is not a human right. ?The Mail on Sunday 28/08/05 pages 1, 5 & 47