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Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methodology the Casino Advisory Panel is using (a) to consider the social impact of new casinos and (b) to assess local opposition to new casinos in its work allocating casino licences. (77062)

The role of the Casino Advisory Panel is to advise the Secretary of State on the areas for the 17 new casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005, which will provide the best possible test of social impact, not to measure that impact. The panel is also required to ensure that the areas selected are willing to license a new casino and that they include areas in need of regeneration.

No earlier than three years after the award of the first premises licence, the Government will ask the Gambling Commission to advise on whether the introduction of the new types of casinos has led to an increase in problem gambling or is increasing that risk.

All local authorities who put proposals to the panel were asked to include details of their research into local opinion.

In announcing its short list of casino bids the panel has asked any interested members of the public to write to it expressing their views on the short listed areas, whether in support or in opposition.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations (a) she and (b) the Casino Advisory Panel has received in the last six months criticising the methodologies used by the Casino Advisory Panel in its work. (77063)

There have been no representations criticising the methodology used by the Casino Advisory Panel.