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Taxation: Bingo

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to meet representatives of the Bingo Association to discuss the taxation regime which applies to its members; (158574)

(2) for what reason bingo operators have to pay both value added tax and gross profits tax;

(3) if he will commission a review of the taxation regime applying to the bingo industry.

The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review and decisions about gambling taxation are made at Budget alongside all tax and spending decisions. The Government take all relevant factors into consideration when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for gambling taxes.

As part of the normal Budget process Ministers and officials have been in periodic contact with representatives of the bingo industry and will continue to meet them as part of the normal Budget process.