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Betting Shops

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed betting offices there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year for which figures are available since 1996. (208165)

Information about the number of betting licences in force in England, Wales and Scotland for the years 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2003 is available in the DCMS Statistical Bulletin, Betting Licensing, Great Britain, June 2002—May 2003 which was published by the DCMS on 30 October 2003 and which can be found on the internet using the following link:

<http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/research/Betting pubn.pdf>

More comprehensive information on this subject is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.