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Gaming Machines

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of the freeze on gaming machine stake and prize levels on tax revenues; (77156)

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on tax revenues of an increase of category C and section 34 gaming machine stake and prize levels to 50 pence and £35, respectively.

No assessment has been made of the effects of the freeze on gaming machine stake and prize levels on tax revenues. Similarly no assessment has been made of the likely effect for tax revenues of an increase of category C stake and prize levels to 50p and £35, respectively. Decisions on the stake and prize limits which venues can offer are made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for reasons unconnected to tax.