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Horse Racing: Bookmakers

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of progress towards resolution of the on-course bookmakers' dispute; and if he will make a statement. (290761)

My friend the Minister for Sport wrote to the Federation of British Bookmakers and Racecourse Association on 28 July setting out his current thoughts about the unresolved issues around on-course bookmaking.

He has strongly encouraged both sides to show willingness to compromise so that mutually acceptable solutions can be found, and he expects the outstanding issues to be resolved through negotiations, which officials have been helping to facilitate.

Another meeting of the Working Group is to be convened on 22 September to assess progress. We will continue to keep all options under review, including the legislative option.