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Casinos: Milton Keynes

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a process is available for Milton Keynes to open a casino; and if he will make a statement. (157311)

Milton Keynes is one of the local authorities earmarked by the Government for one of the eight large casino licences permitted by the Gambling Act 2005, following the recommendation of the independent Casino Advisory Panel.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced in a written statement on 16 July 2007, Official Report, columns 1-3WS, that he had written to the local authorities, including Milton Keynes, to put forward for the new casinos, to ask them to confirm whether they still wish to license a new casino.

A further announcement will be made once Ministers have had the opportunity to consider the responses of the local authorities.