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Casinos: Applications

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new applications for casinos made under the Gambling Act 1968 were made in 2006; and how many have been made in 2007. (155319)

Between 1 January 2006 and 28 April 2006, the Gambling Commission received 55 applications for certificates of consent for new casinos under the Gaming Act 1968.

From 28 April 2006, the Gambling Commission could no longer accept applications under the Gaming Act 1968 for certificates of consent in respect of new casinos.

Where a certificate of consent is issued, operators can then apply to the local licensing authority for a casino licence. For applications made under the Gaming Act 1968 the local licensing authority in England and Wales is the Local Licensing Justices and in Scotland it is the Local Licensing Board. There is no guarantee that the grant of a certificate of consent will result in a casino licence being granted. If a local licensing authority turns down an application for a licence an operator can appeal.