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Gambling: Licensing

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 24 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) operating licences, (b) premises licences and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission withdrew in each year since October 2005; (181052)

(2) how many applications for (a) operating, (b) premises and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission received in each year since 2005;

(3) how many applications for (a) operating, (b) premises and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission declined in each year since 2005.

The table shows the number of applications for operating and personal licences that were received by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) and their equivalents under the previous legislation, the Gaming Act 1968 (the 1968 Act). It also shows numbers of applications which were withdrawn by applicants or declined by the Gambling Commission, and licences and certificates revoked by the Gambling Commission.

Information relating to the application for society lottery registrations under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 is not included in the table.

The figures for the 1968 Act relate to each financial year listed and those for the 2005 Act to the calendar year of 2007. Applications for operating and personal licences under the 2005 Act could be received from January 2007, prior to the Act coming fully into force on 1 September 2007.

Figures for premises licences under the 2005 Act are not yet available. Licensing authorities are responsible for considering and issuing gambling premises licences under the 2005 Act. They are expected to send their first annual returns to the Gambling Commission by the end of January 2008.

Gaming Act 1968 Applications

Applications received

Withdrawn

Declined

Revoked

April 2005-March 2006

Casino:

5

0

0

New

67

Transfer/substitute

3

Continuance

35

Bingo:

0

0

0

New

8

Transfer

10

Gaming Machine Suppliers

171

6

0

0

S. 19 Personal certificates

3,481

316

0

26

April 2006-March 2007

Casino:

15

0

0

New

58

Transfer/substitute

1

Continuance

24

Bingo:

2

0

0

New

10

Transfer

6

Gaming Machine Suppliers

79

6

0

0

S.19 Personal certificates

3,490

443

0

28

April-August 2007

Casino:

5

0

0

New

0

Transfer/substitute

2

Continuance

0

Bingo:

1

0

0

New

4

Transfer

3

Gaming Machine Suppliers

30

0

0

0

S.19 Personal certificates

1,009

105

0

8

Gambling Act 2005 Applications

Applications received

Withdrawn

Declined

Revoked

Operators licences

2,866

104

15

13

Personal licences

3,644

293

2

0