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Taxation: Bingo

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of the bingo industry to discuss the levels of taxation upon their activities. (253927)

The Chancellor keeps all taxes under review and decisions about gambling taxation are made at Budget alongside all tax and spending decisions. The Government take all relevant factors into consideration when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for the gambling taxes. These include the state of the industry and wider conditions within the economy.

As part of the normal Budget process Ministers and officials have been in periodic contact with representatives of the bingo industry and will continue to meet them as part of the normal Budget process.