On behalf of my right hon. Friend, I want to express an apology to the hon. Gentleman and to the House for the absence of Home Office Ministers at the time when this Question was reached. The following is the answer to the Question.
My right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement shortly.
Would the hon. Member suggest to his right hon. Friend that before he makes up his mind he should not overlook the claims of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Rossendale (Mr. Greenwood)?
Passing over that supplementary, could the hon. Gentleman pass on to his right hon. Friend that this matter is becoming increasingly urgent? He will have seen the reports of cases in the courts today and yesterday. The situation is rapidly becoming intolerable.
Is my hon. Friend aware that there was a great deal of discussion on the Chairmanship of this Board in Committee on the Bill? Could he give further information to the House as to what sort of person my right hon. Friend is looking for for this job? Is he thinking of a judge or someone from the gaming world?