Local Authorities (Casinos)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th April 1967.

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Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury 12:00 am, 27th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration he has given to the introduction of legislation to allow local authorities to run casinos subject to local option as a means of providing local finance and a means of giving effective control of casinos.

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

This matter is included in my review of the gaming laws, but I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Could the right hon. Gentleman keep this constantly under review? Would he agree that this suggestion has the support of the vast majority of the people of this country today?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I am not sure that I could agree with the latter part of the question, because I am not sure on what the hon. Gentleman bases it, but I shall keep it in mind.

Mr. Sharpies:

Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that it is not now his intention to introduce legislation on gambling in the present Session of Parliament?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

It looks as though it will be more practicable to introduce it early in the next Session.