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Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by what process Parliament will consider her recommendations for the location of new casinos; and whether those recommendations will be subject to a vote in both Houses. (107300)

The order that the Secretary of State is required to make under section 175(4) of the Gambling Act 2005, determining the geographical distribution of the one regional, eight large and eight small casinos permitted by the Act, is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure, requiring a debate and potentially a vote in both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to issue guidance to local authorities which are authorities which are authorised to issue new casino licences under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005. (107301)

The Gambling Commission published guidance for licensing authorities on the competitions for the new casino licences permitted by the Gambling Act 2005 in April 2006.

In addition, paragraph 2 of schedule 9 of the Gambling Act 2005 requires the Secretary of State to make regulations about inviting competing applications for the new casino licences. Paragraph 6 of that schedule also enables the Secretary of State to issue a code of practice that licensing authorities must comply with when determining the outcome of those competitions. The Government plan to consult on both the regulations and the code of practice in the new year.