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Taxation: Bingo

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effect on revenue from amusement machine licence duty of bingo club closures in the last 12 months. (191237)

An updated forecast of total betting and gaming duties, which includes amusement machine licence duty receipts, will be published in the “Financial Statement and Budget Report”.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors were considered when setting the current rate of gross profit tax for licensed bingo; and if he will make a statement. (191350)

The Government consider all relevant factors when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for the gambling taxes. The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review and decisions about gambling taxation are made each year at Budget alongside all other tax decisions.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department has received on the similarities between the taxation of bingo played in licensed clubs and the tax treatment of player-to-player poker in casinos. (190728)

Treasury Ministers and officials receive representations from a wide range of organisations and individuals in the public and private sectors as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Government's practice to provide details of all such representations.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the fairness of the tax regime applying to bingo as compared with that which applies to other forms of gambling. (190830)

The average effective rate of taxation applied to bingo is comparable to the average effective rate of taxation that applies to other forms of gambling such as casino gaming, gaming machines and the lottery.