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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 9th October 2006.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Labour, Blackpool South 2:30 pm, 9th October 2006

Does my right hon. Friend agree that a key element in the deliberations of the panel should be the strength of local support and interest in a regional casino bid? If he does, will he note the comments of Professor Crow at the Blackpool examination that there were more people at that examination than at any of the others all together? Will he underline to Professor Crow and his associates the need to take into account the groundswell of public opinion when reaching their decision?