Clause 1 - The licensing objectives

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 am on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham 11:15 am, 9th November 2004

I do not think so. We are discussing establishments whose primary function is gambling but, as a result of the Bill, they may cause nuisance and disorder on our streets. I do not think that the Bill is an appropriate vehicle for trying to deal with the question of nuisance on our high streets, which is caused by elements that are licensed under other legislation, such as that covering alcohol. The hon. Gentleman is confusing the issue by trying to introduce a provision to deal with that matter under the clause. To ensure that we protect the public, we need to deal with that matter through the operators' code of practice.