Lancaster university was commissioned to advise on the methodology for the assessment of the social and economic impact of the new casinos following an open tender process. I am arranging for a copy of the invitation to tender to be placed in the House Libraries.
One change has been made since April 2005.
Paragraph 24 of the national policy statement suggests that existing casinos would retain their current gaming machine entitlement of 10 machines. This entitlement was doubled to 20 from 1 October 2005, following a commitment made in Parliament by Lord McIntosh during the passage of the Gambling Bill, on 6 April 2005, House of Lords, Official Report, column 837.
None. The Government published the criteria they proposed to use for selecting the areas where the new categories casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005 would be located in their national statement of policy published on 16 December 2004. The Gambling Commission came into being on 1 October 2005.