The catering and entertainment industries yesterday urged the Government to remove red tape in the midst of the economic downturn. Industries leaders from Kowloon West met Liberal Party members and both groups voiced discontent over the Government's licensing process. The party believes that to help boost the economy, the issuing of operating licences to catering and entertainment businesses should be simplified. The Government should also allow food shops and entertainment establishments to operate later hours to boost business, the party and shop owners said. Party member and Provisional Urban Councillor Ringo Chiang Sai-cheung said he would reflect on all ideas submitted by the industry. Licence issuing involves inspection by the Urban Services Department, the Housing Department, the Fire Services Department and the police. Business owners proposed subcontracting property inspections from the Government to professional firms, and setting a standard to regulate the service prices of these companies. Restaurant owners want to see the Fire Services Department inspection process simplified. There have also been calls for the manpower shortages in the departments involved in the licence issuing process to be resolved. Owners of video arcades and saunas say they have lost their prime business as the Government limits operating hours. They claim business after midnight often exceeds day trade.