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Gaming Machines: Licensing

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much was received in amusement machine licence duty in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07, broken down by category of machine; (205739)

(2) how much was received in amusement machine licence duty in each month from April 2007 to March 2008, broken down by category of machine;

(3) what estimate he has made of likely revenue from amusement machine licence duty in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by category of machine.

The total annual and monthly receipts from amusement machine licence duty can be found in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting and Gaming Statistical Bulletin, which is available from the HMRC website address at:

http://www.uktradeinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?task=bullbett

Information on amusement machine licence duty broken down by category of machine is not available.

Disaggregated estimates for individual duties within the overall revenue forecast for betting and gaming duties are not available. The most recent published forecast for betting and gaming duties can be found in Table C6 of the latest Financial Statement and Budget Report, at the following link:

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/media/7/3/bud08_chapterc.pdf

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications for amusement machine licences were received in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07, broken down by category of machine; (205742)

(2) how many applications for amusement machine licences were received in each month between April 2007 and March 2008, broken down by category of machine;

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of applications for amusement machine licences in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by category of machine.

Premises licences can authorise machines in more than one category. It is not possible to break down the number of licences by category of machine.

HMRC do not maintain historical records or produce forecasts of numbers of applications received. The numbers of licences issued for the historic periods in question are shown in the following tables.

Number

2003-04

136,462

2004-05

27,938

2005-06

123,702

2006-07

140,278

Number

April 2007

8,165

May 2007

8,508

June 2007

8,911

July 2007

10,000

August 2007

29,370

September 2007

9,901

October 2007

9,648

November 2007

16,757

December 2007

7,144

January 2008

8,002

February 2008

11,405

March 2008

10,198