Yes, its not going to stop terrorists or any naughty individual getting up to mischief with the prohibited chemicals, we can all agree on that.
But do bear in mind, if and when this come into force, just think what will happen if you are caught in possession of these prohibited chemicals without the necessary licencing?
At the moment, there is no legislation on ownership of these chemicals so if you are caught with them and you can give a good reason to own them there's little they can do!
However, just imagine that if licencing was in force and you we're happily buying chemicals from "under the counter" or with a made up company without a license and then you get caught in possession...what do you think the outcome of that would be? Even the made up company is not going to save you here! Yes, a company set up that has a legitimate need for the chemicals would be ok, but not something you've set up just for the purpose of circumnavigating the licensing.
All, please think about what you're talking about here. If you want to get stung, please feel free to ignore any potential licencing and do not associate your activities with the UKPS. As a society, we expect that our members follow the regulations, we cannot accept anything else.
Obviously we are still talking hypothetically here as these regulations are still at the consultation stage, but rather than trying to discuss ways to circumnavigate them, how about just suggesting ways to deal with them??
As for the cost, it has been suggested to me that the HO are aiming for <£40 for a 3 year license. This is all speculation at this stage, but its definitely in the right area.
Sorry for sounding righteous on this but unfortunately when it comes to legislation, the society can only ever follow the rule of law...or even potentials ones for that matter.