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Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on casino development in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. (129516)

None. The legislation governing gambling in Northern Ireland, the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985, does not permit facilities for high stakes gaming such as are provided by commercial gaming clubs (casinos) in Great Britain. A casino cannot, therefore, operate lawfully in Northern Ireland. There are no plans at present to change the law to allow casinos to operate in Northern Ireland.