21 July 2014
This Tuesday saw the long awaited launch of the ARLA Licensing scheme. As Members will be aware, this will be followed in the late summer with the role out of a similar scheme for the NAEA.
The initial launch took place in the House of Commons this week and we were very pleased to be able to invite members of both Houses and the Press. It also gave an opportunity for representative members of ARLA's Divisional Council and Members' Advisory Forum to meet with fellow guests and explain
Main stream media coverage on the day was excellent with coverage on the major TV and Radio Channels. The event was introduced by the local MP to us in Warwick, James Plaskitt, who warmly welcomed the scheme. ARAL President, David McMaster, set the scene by explaining our current concerns and why we were introducing the scheme at this time. Peter Bolton King followed and gave a more detailed explanation the Association's approach to licensing. We were then pleased that the Minister Iain Wright was able to lend his support. In his speech Mr Wright welcomed the initiative and the desire to raise standards.