Gambling Bill

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The Chairman: I call Mr. Hawkins.

Mr. Hawkins: If I understand the Minister, he said that my amendment No. 131 was a ''valid point''—full stop—and went straight on to deal with the other amendment, tabled by me and my hon. Friends the Members for North-East Cambridgeshire and for Maldon and East Chelmsford.

Mr. Caborn: I was cut off in my prime.

The Chairman: I am sorry—my fault.

Column Number: 216

Mr. Caborn: I ask the hon. Gentleman to withdraw the amendment, so that I may give the issues that it raises further consideration.

Mr. Hawkins: That is extremely helpful, and in light of the fact that the Minister and his officials clearly think that I may have a valid point in amendment No. 131, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 25 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clauses 26 to 28 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 5 agreed to.

Clauses 29 to 32 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

        Further consideration adjourned.—[Mr. Watson.]

        Bill, as so far amended, to be reported.

        Committee rose at five minutes to Six o'clock.

The following Members attended the Committee:
Pike, Mr. Peter (Chairman)
Banks, Mr.
Byrne, Mr.
Caborn, Mr.
Clifton-Brown, Mr.
Cruddas, Jon
Efford, Clive
Foster, Mr. Don
Hawkins, Mr.
Humble, Mrs.
Illsley, Mr.
Kirkbride, Miss
Morris, Estelle
Moss, Mr.
Pugh, Dr.
Russell, Bob
Watson, Mr.
Whittingdale, Mr.
Wright, Iain

 
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