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Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many visits by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have been made to casinos in (i) the UK and (ii) the rest of the world since 1997; (149990)

(2) what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the casino industry; and what plans he has for further such discussions.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has not had any recent discussions with the casino industry. However, as part of the normal Budget process Ministers and officials have been in periodic contact with representatives of the casino industry since 1997.