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Casinos

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Prime Minister (1) when (a) he and (b) his officials have held meetings in the last 12 months with casino operators interested in securing licences under the Gambling Act 2005; where each meeting took place; and what was discussed; (83362)

(2) what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Mr. Philip Anschutz and (ii) representatives of Anschutz Entertainment Group;

(3) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with Anschutz Entertainment Group on its development of the millennium dome site and surrounding land.

To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the meetings he has had with representatives of the Anschutz Entertainment Group and associated companies since 1997; (85660)

(2) what meetings he has had with (a) casino developers, (b) representatives of Kerzner International and (c) representatives of the Anschutz Entertainment Group in the last five years.

My officials and I have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a wide range of subjects. Information relating to internal meetings, discussion and advice is not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

I also refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Bath (Mr. Foster) on 10 November 2004, Official Report, column 696W.