Clause 14 - General betting duty: overseas bet-brokers

Part of Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Shadow Spokesperson (Transport) 9:30 am, 16th May 2002

Will the Minister explain how these provisions are consistent with European Union law and the open market? It seems to be a protectionist measure and I had assumed, perhaps naively and not being a betting man, that there was an open market in betting within the EU. I had understood that one of the rationales for having our own national lottery was that if we did not, other European Union countries could sell their lottery tickets in this country.

Perhaps the Paymaster General will also address the issue of internet betting-- another subject with which I am not familiar--which may be affected by the clause.