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Gaming Board

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether the Gaming Board has concluded its investigations into the Lottery operations of charities linked to Solutions RMC; and if she will make a statement; [130538](2) what

(a) audits and (b) other checks the Gaming Board carried out between 1996 and 2002 concerning the gaming operations of (i) Breast Cancer Relief, Manchester and (ii) Breast Cancer Research, Scotland. [130539]

I understand from the Gaming Board for Great Britain that it has completed its investigations into these matters. It intends to cancel their registrations to promote society lotteries under the terms of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 and to write to the receivers who have been appointed to administer the two charities accordingly.The Gaming Board registered Breast Cancer Relief Manchester (BCRM) on 23 March 2000. It received BCRM's audited accounts in 2000 and 2001 and 13 returns relating to individual lotteries. The Gaming Board's inspectors visited BCRM on four occasions between 31 November 2001 and 16 December 2002.The Gaming Board registered Breast Cancer Research Scotland (BCRS) on 12 August 1999. It received BCRS's audited accounts in 1999, 2000 and 2001 as well as 17 returns relating to individual lotteries. The Gaming Board's inspectors visited BCRS in February 2003