Clause 6 - Gaming and Game of chance

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 11th November 2004.

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Photo of Malcolm Moss Malcolm Moss Shadow Minister, Home Affairs 9:45 am, 11th November 2004

I beg to move amendment No. 86, in

clause 6, page 3, line 6, leave out 'a prize' and insert 'winnings'.

The clause deals with gaming and games of chance and gives us some definitions in that regard. Currently, the difference between the definition of ''winnings'' under section 51(1) of the 1968 Act and ''prizes'' relates to the accepted definition of a lottery. That was defined in a law case—Readers Digest Association Ltd v. Williams—in 1967. We therefore believe that the definition should refer to ''winnings'' rather than ''a prize''. Reference to gaming as meaning

''playing a game of chance for a prize'',

rather than winnings, will certainly cause some uncertainty about whether an activity is gaming or a lottery. That might lead to litigation.

This is a probing amendment. We want clarification and we want to know not only that the Bill takes on board previous litigation and law cases, but that its wording will not cause any uncertainty.