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Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed casinos were in operation in each local authority area under the provisions of (a) the Gambling Act 1968 and (b) the Gambling Act 2005 in each year since 1997. (274083)

The Gambling Commission have advised that to date there have been no premises licences issued under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 in relation to casinos.

The Gambling Act1968 has seen casinos located in 53 distinct ‘permitted areas' in which the licensing of clubs for gaming other than bingo is permitted.

Details of the number of casinos operating in each permitted area for each year can be found in the annual reports of the Gambling Commission and its predecessor, the Gaming Board. Copies of these reports are laid in the Library and are also available on the Gambling Commission's website at: