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Community Relations: Bingo

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will assess (a) the contribution of bingo clubs to community cohesion and (b) the impact on communities of the closure of bingo clubs. (139604)

The Government have no plans to assess the contribution of bingo clubs to community cohesion or the impact on communities of the closure of bingo clubs.

However, we recognise the important role that bingo halls play in communities around the country. As a Government we are keen to continue to support an industry which provides so much enjoyment to millions of players each week, and which is an important source of employment.

It should also be noted that the Gambling Act 2005 already introduces a range of measures designed to support the bingo industry and other sectors of the gambling industry and I know that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is keen to continue to work closely with the industry to see what more can be done to help bingo.