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Betting Shops

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to give local authorities powers in relation to the siting of betting shops. (245144)

[holding answer 18 December 2008]: Following public concern about the clustering of betting shops in certain areas and the potential risks this might pose for vulnerable people, the Government outlined plans for DCMS to look into the scope and extent of this issue in “Fair Rules for Strong Communities” which was published on 2 December 2008. DCMS will work with DCLG to investigate the issues and ensure that the licensing and planning systems are thoroughly examined.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, licensing authorities have the power to reject premises licence applications or to attach conditions to licences to reflect local circumstances. They can also review licences to ensure that premises are adhering to their licence conditions and other provisions of the Act, including the three licensing objectives. In addition, betting shops require relevant planning permission from their local authority.