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Gaming Clubs

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1404W, on gaming clubs, for what reasons the research paper commissioned by the Casino Advisory Panel was not received in time to provide background to assist in the scoping phase of the panel’s work. (125854)

The research paper commissioned by the Casino Advisory Panel was not received in time to provide background to assist in the scoping phase of the Panel’s work because the process of conducting the research revealed that there was more material in existence than had been anticipated by the researcher.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1403W, on gaming clubs, which members of the Casino Advisory Panel had expertise in each of the categories of expertise stated in the answer to question 123659. (125855)

Biographical details of the five individuals selected to become the Chair and members of the Casino Advisory Panel were included in the press release, issued on 30 September 2005, which announced the establishment of the Panel.

I am arranging for copies of the press release to be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. The press release is also available on the Panel’s website at:

www.culture.gov.uk/cap

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2007, Official Report, column 1404W, on gaming clubs, on what date the Casino Advisory Panel asked her Department for its 2006 budget to be determined; and on what date the Panel was informed of its budget. (125856)

The Casino Advisory Panel’s budget was discussed and carefully monitored throughout the latter part of 2005 and during 2006. In the period leading up to the examinations in public, held in August and September 2006 for the local authority areas short listed for the regional casino, funding for the remainder of 2006 was confirmed and extra staffing was allocated to the Panel. This is recorded in the minutes of the Casino Advisory Panel meeting held on 5 July 2006, which are available on the Panel’s website at:

www.culture.gov.uk/cap