Skip to main content


Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contingency planning her Department has conducted to meet the possibility that the casino pilot scheme is assessed as (a) unsuccessful and (b) of detrimental social impact. (118734)

We will undertake an assessment of the social and economic impact of the new casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005 no earlier than three years after the award of the first licence. If it becomes clear that the casinos are causing an increase in problem gambling, there are extensive powers under the Gambling Act 2005 to enable action to be taken.