London's Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is conducting a review into the contentious Form 696, a risk assessment procedure that requires details of the type of music and the names, aliases, phone numbers and addresses of performers 14 days in advance as part of any license application.

However, the force described the review as a standard procedure for a system that it first began implementing three years ago.

Last month the U.K. Culture, Media and Sport Committee recommended the scrapping of the policing system for live music events, stating that there was an "increasingly authoritarian approach" by the police.

"The Metropolitan Police Service Clubs and Vice Unit is currently conducting a review of Form 696. The form is now three years old and it is right that we consider whether it still meets our requirements and the requirements of all those involved in the risk assessment process," said a Metropolitan Police statement.

"This includes musicians, promoters, club managers, licensing officers and local authorities. For this reason all of these groups are being consulted during the review process. The form is designed to provide a risk assessment of an event before it takes place and highlight any security flaws so we can provide a safe environment for those attending."

Police defended Form 696 last month, stating that it had cut club-related criminal incidents

In November 2008, Billboard.biz first revealed concerns about Metropolitan Police measures in London, with Feargal Sharkey, CEO of industry umbrella group U.K. Music complaining about the use of Form 696.