Clause 1 - The licensing objectives

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of Julie Kirkbride Julie Kirkbride Conservative, Bromsgrove 11:00 am, 9th November 2004

I wonder whether the hon. Gentleman is sufficiently broadminded to accept that the Bill is before us today because the Government chose to introduce it less than a year before we all expect there to be a general election. Furthermore, he criticises MPs who oppose the Bill for playing politics with it. Surely he has been in the House long enough—I think that he has been here longer than me—to know that any measure dealing with gambling is bound to cause a great deal of concern among Members of Parliament.