Clause 5 - Facilities for gambling

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 11th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath 9:30 am, 11th November 2004

I want to make it clear that I do not disagree with the Minister. The legal definitions need to be precise. Of course I understand what he said about the amount of work that went into drafting the clause. However, I hope that he understands that, when an ordinary person, or even someone involved in the gaming industry, looks at a subsection that begins

''providing, otherwise than in the course of providing'',

their natural instinct will be to think that it is very confusing. All that amendment No. 40 asks the

Minister to do is consider with his officials, perhaps before consideration on Report, whether there is a way of drafting the clause that is not so confusing and circular and does not lose the legal significance.