Clause 13 - Betting intermediary

Part of Gambling Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 11th November 2004.

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Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath 3:00 pm, 11th November 2004

I beg to move amendment No. 123, in

clause 13, page 6, line 16, at end insert—

'either electronically or by any other means.'.

I stress that this is a probing amendment. Adding to the clause the words that I have suggested might be useful clarification, as the clause does not make it clear that electronic betting is specifically covered. The question that I had in mind was whether the definition of ''betting intermediary'' will apply to internet service providers. No doubt the Minister can clarify the point. Once again, I am not suggesting that my own drafting is perfect; I tabled the amendment as a way of seeking clarification. I look forward to hearing the Minister's response.