Examination of Witnesses (Questions 600
THURSDAY 18 JANUARY 2001
600. But the regulator has an input about where
it operates, surely?
(Mr Harris) We have an input in the sense that we
require them to put them in in a transparent way. We do not think
that it would be right for that not to happen, but we do not lay
down a set of rules which say that they must be put in particular
places. The commercial decision is that of the operator. However,
Camelot have, as part of their bid this time, said that they will
place, I believe the number is 1,000 terminals, across the country
on the basis of social considerations, as well as the basis of
commercial considerations. What we do require is that there is
coverage of all the country. That is at a fairly high level and
would not address your retailers' concerns.
601. Clearly this inquiry was never intended
to be an inquest into the allocation of the licence. Nevertheless,
I think the Committee would find it useful, if necessary on the
basis of commercial confidentiality, to be able to see the documents
and the consultants' reports. Could we have those, Lord Burns?
(Lord Burns) You can if you have somewhere that is
big enough to store them. There is an enormous amount of material.
I am very happy to discuss that with you. I should say that there
is clearly an issue which we will have to speak to Camelot about
as to whether there are any sensitive parts of it in terms of
security or whatever. I am sure we can come to an agreement about
Chairman: I should think Camelot are
in quite a good mood at the moment! Thank you, Lord Burns, and
to your colleagues as well.