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Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether guidance will be issued to local authorities to ensure that new casino licensing regulations are applied consistently. (82537)

The Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing guidance to licensing authorities on the manner in which they exercise their functions under the Act. The Commission published the first part of its “Guidance to Licensing Authorities” in April 2006, and this dealt with the development and preparation of local premises licensing policies, including those in respect of casinos.

The Commission will issue further guidance about the regulation of casinos and other gambling premises in due course. All local authorities must have regard to this guidance when carrying out functions under the Act.

The Department is also developing a training package for local authority councillors and officers.