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Taxation: Bingo

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the level of value added tax payable by bingo clubs; and if he will make a statement. (191566)

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 how much (a) value added tax and (b) other tax was paid by bingo clubs in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available; what estimate he has made of loss of tax revenue from the closure of clubs in (i) the current financial year and (ii) the next financial year; and if he will make a statement. (191567)

HM Revenue and Customs does not collect data on the amount of VAT paid on individual goods and services.

Revenues from gambling taxes are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting, Gaming and Lottery Duties Bulletin, available at Bingo clubs are also subject to the usual taxes imposed on business.

The state of the bingo industry is incorporated into the forecast of total betting and gaming duties, which includes bingo duty receipts, and will be published in the Financial Statement and Budget Report.