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Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the report on Alternatives to Casino-led regeneration; on what date the report (a) was commissioned, (b) was originally scheduled for publication and (c) is now expected to be published; and what the cost of producing the report is. (188237)

The Review of Alternative Approaches to regional casino-led regeneration will be published shortly.

In July, the Prime Minister said that the Government would consider the question of whether deprived areas could be equally well served by forms of regeneration other than the development of regional casinos. As a part of this process, an interdepartmental working group was set up, the first meeting of which was held on 9 August 2007.

Civil servants have to date devoted a significant amount of time to the investigation of alternatives to regional casino-led regeneration, although the review has not had a specifically dedicated resource. In addition, there has been a cost of approximately £3,000 for the Expert Panel members’ time to peer-review the document.