Clause 1 - The licensing objectives

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 10:15 am, 9th November 2004

I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman would agree, following his fact-finding visit, that the vast majority of profits, particularly from the new super-casinos or regional casinos, will come from machines. He said that the amendment is concerned with promoting fair competition between those associated with gambling and he will be well aware that there is a rather mixed view within the British industry on how best to achieve that. Some argue that the best way would be to have no category A machines in the new super-casinos, which would make it fairer for existing casinos. Others say that we should perhaps allow some category A machines in existing large and small casinos as they will be defined. Does the hon. Gentleman have a view on the way forward, or am I pre-empting something that he may wish to return to later?