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Casinos

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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. (83819)

I have not had any such meetings with casino operators, and neither have officials in my Office. For information relating to officials’ meetings prior to Friday 5 May 2006, I refer the hon. Member to the answer which will be given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with casino operators and their associates since January 2003; and who the attendees were in each case. (84191)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 11 July 2006, Official Report, column 1794W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman).

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials to discuss with his colleagues in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (i) the Government’s policy on regional casinos, (ii) planning issues connected to regional casinos, (iii) the post-sale use of the millennium dome and (iv) gambling policy. (84705)

[holding answer 12 July 2006]: I have regular meetings and discussions with ministerial colleagues and others 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.