What progress she has made on replacing the horserace betting levy as a means of funding horse racing; and if she will make a statement.
I agreed to extend the time scale for discussions between racing and the bookmakers on a long-term deal to
Commission state aid ruling on a levy for online gambling in France and will consider the implications for any read-across to our own process.
I thank the Minister for that response. He will be aware that discussions on how to replace or improve the levy have been going on for a long time and that racing continues to be underfunded. Does he agree that, although there is the
Certainly. Given the importance of both the racing and betting sides to the industry, it remains a matter of some despair to me—I think that this view has been shared by successive Governments—that in this day and age the two sides cannot get together and conclude a voluntary agreement. It absolutely should be commercial, and I hope that any agreement reached by the end of October will be for a long-term settlement to give the industry the stability it needs.