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Gambling Act

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance (a) the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) the Government Offices of the regions have produced for regional assemblies in relation to the Gambling Act 2005. (85658)

No guidance has been issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister or the Government Offices of the regions for the regional assemblies in relation to the Gambling Act 2005.

The Government published a statement of national policy on casinos on 16 December 2004. This statement includes guidance on planning for casinos by regional planning bodies and also deals with the role of regional planning bodies in connection with the work of the independent advisory panel which provides advice to the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport on the areas in which casinos should be located.

The ODPM worked closely with DCMS in drafting a letter of 27 October 2005, from DCMS to the north- west regional assembly, clarifying the role of regional planning bodies and their regional spatial strategies in relation to the work of the casino advisory panel, reflecting the advice set out in the December 2004 statement.