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 shall not be speaking to amendment No. 77. I apologise for not asking that it be deleted from the amendment paper.

Amendment No. 87 would leave out sub-paragraph (iii). The sub-paragraph is superfluous because the involvement of an element of chance should be objective—it either is or is not a game of chance. We are not sure why the words

''is presented as involving an element''

are included. They dilute the clause; it would be stronger if they were left out, because we accept that gaming involves an element of chance.

At present, a bingo-type ticket on a video screen, where the card is automatically marked and the participant wins a prize, is considered to be a lottery and not gaming. Amendment No. 88 would clarify that that will continue to be the case, by providing that a game of chance does not include a lottery, and by ensuring that lottery provisions are addressed separately.

Amendment No. 90, would insert the phrase:

''other than a game of skill''.

Pure games of skill are not intended to come within the scope of the Bill and amendment No. 90 clarifies that. Amendment No. 103 inserts the same phrase—