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 accept that that is correct, but I believe that the hon. Gentleman suggests in his amendment that the nuisance caused will be similar to that seen at late-night drinking venues and discos. I do not believe that this licensing legislation can deal with that element of public nuisance and public disorder. The clause concerns the regulation of the gaming side of the operation. He confuses the issue by introducing that aspect into the clause. If an operator is providing alcohol in a way that is creating a nuisance, that should be dealt with in the code of practice. That is the most appropriate and strongest way in which the gambling commission can handle the matter. Regulations already exist under which local authorities can deal with nuisance and licensing.

Mr. Foster indicated dissent.