Clause 1 - The licensing objectives

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 10:30 am, 9th November 2004

Does not this demonstrate the problem that we are creating for ourselves? I accept that we do not want a free-for-all in the marketplace so that the market determines where the casinos go, but we have just been given the example of Manchester v. Blackpool. I sympathise with what the hon. Gentleman says about limiting the numbers and having pilots, but surely he must have a mechanism for determining where the casino should go, whether that is Blackpool or Manchester. One cannot simply say ''pilots'' and then leave the question up in the air without having some idea of how one will determine it.