Select Committee on Deregulation Fourth Report


THE DRAFT DEREGULATION (CASINOS) ORDER 1999

10. On 5 July 1999, the Government laid before Parliament the draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999, together with a Statement from the Home Office[12]. We have already reported on the Government's proposals for this draft Order[13], which provides for the amendment of the Gaming Act 1968 ("the 1968 Act").

11. The proposed Deregulation Order would amend the 1968 Act to:

  (i)    remove the requirement that people must apply in person at a casino for membership (allowing postal applications);

  (ii)    allow casino advertising in written publications; and

  (iii)    increase the maximum number of gaming machines permitted in casinos from six to ten.

12. Following our consideration of the proposal, we concluded that it met the criteria against which we are required to judge it, and we recommended that a draft Order should be made in the same terms as the proposal[14]. No changes have been made to the draft Order now laid.

13. The House has instructed us to consider the extent to which the Minister has had regard to "any other representations made during the period for parliamentary consideration."[15] The Department did not receive any further representations[16].

  

Report under Standing Order No. 141

14. We recommend unanimously that the draft Order should be approved.


12  Copies of these are available to Members from the Vote Office and to members of the public from the Home Office. Back

13  Third Report, Proposal for the Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999; Proposal for the Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999, HC 532 of Session 1998-99. Back

14  Third Report, paragraph 56. Back

15  Standing Order No. 141(5)(B). Back

16  Statement, paragraph 8. Back


 
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