Select Committee on Merits of Statutory Instruments Nineteenth Report


Correspondence

DRAFT GAMBLING (GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF LARGE AND SMALL CASINO PREMISES LICENCES) ORDER 2008

24.  We drew the draft Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Large and Small Casino Premises Licences) Order 2008 to the special attention of the House in our 14th Report [HL Paper 74] and the draft Order is to be debated in the House on Thursday 15 May. We have now received letters from a number of the local authorities proposed to be allowed to issue casino premises licences under the Order: Great Yarmouth, Newham, Scarborough, Southampton, Swansea and Torbay. They reiterate their intention to maximise the regeneration benefits of the process and to measure and manage any negative impact. In addition, Southampton City Council state that the exclusive arrangement that they had with a potential casino operator, to which we referred in our 14th Report, has been terminated and that any licence can be awarded on the basis of a free and open competition as required by Schedule 9 of the Gambling Act 2005. The letters are printed at Appendix 4.



 
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