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Gaming Machine Stakes

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) seaside economies and (b) public houses in Scotland of the freeze on gaming machine stake and prize levels. (77260)

There is no policy to freeze stake and prize limits. The Government announced in October 2004 that our policy has been to increase the maximum stake for amusement with prizes (AWP) machines from 30p to 50p, and for jackpot machines in bingo halls from 50p to £1. This would be on full implementation of the Gambling Act in September 2007.