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Bingo Clubs

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he has any plans to exclude bingo clubs from section 42 of the Gaming Act to allow them to advertise; and if he will make a statement.

Licensed bingo clubs already advertise freely as social clubs, and specific games of bingo, and certain prizes in them, are already advertised on the front of club premises. The principal effect of section 42 of the Gaming Act 1968 on bingo clubs is to prohibit the wider advertising of the specific locations of the clubs as places where gaming takes place. We have informed the Bingo Association of Great Britain (BAGB) that we cannot accept its campaign for the complete removal of the controls on the advertising of bingo clubs, but that it is open to them to resume discussions with the Gaming Board for Great Britain on the scope, if any, for some relaxation of the controls.