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Appendix 3: Legislative Reform (Horserace Betting Levy) Order 2018

Letter from Mims Davies MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society at the Department for Digitial, Culture, Media and Sport, to the Rt Hon. Lord Blencathra, Chairman of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee

I am writing to confirm that the Government has decided not to proceed with the draft Legislative Reform (Horserace Betting Levy) Order 2018.

The draft Order had intended to reform the administration of the Horserace Betting Levy by abolishing the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) and transferring its functions to the Gambling Commission and the racing industry.

The Government has considered the points raised in the committee’s report published on Friday 7th December in reaching this view. The Government will continue to work with the Levy Board and the racing industry to maximise the benefits of the Levy, which was reformed in April 2017, to ensure that it continues to deliver for the sector.

I appreciate the importance of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee’s (Lords) in Parliamentary procedure and would like to thank its members for providing scrutiny on our proposals.

29 January 2019

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