Clause 2 - Licensing authorities

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 3:30 pm, 9th November 2004

I promise that I shall remain entirely calm about the matter. However, as my hon. Friend the Member for North-East Cambridgeshire has said in my ear, the so-called triple lock is undermined if we discover that large parts of the country are not covered by the Bill at all. We shall look forward with considerable interest to the Minister's explanation of the apparent contradiction.