Clause 2 - Licensing authorities

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 9th November 2004.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, Cotswold 3:15 pm, 9th November 2004

Does my hon. Friend agree that one reason that the Minister is resisting the amendment is that the vote in the north-east was not only against the north-east regional assembly, but against unitary authorities? Perhaps the Government are cooling on the idea of unitary authorities. While my hon. Friend is responding to that point, perhaps he would also comment on the fact that there are no such things as metropolitan boroughs in the list of councils.