Sport and Physical Activity: Playing Fields

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:00 am on 4th November 2004.

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Photo of Lord Lucas Lord Lucas Conservative 11:00 am, 4th November 2004

My Lords, is the noble Lord aware that one reason why sport flourishes so much in Australia is that Australian sport clubs are able to gain substantial revenues from gambling? If we are to have in this country an extension of slot machines with high payouts and an extension of the amount that people gamble, would that not be better done for the benefit of sport clubs, in an environment that is at least some form of community rather than in the anonymous and vast American-style casinos proposed in the current Bill?