We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:25 am on 12th November 2013.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) 9:25 am, 12th November 2013

My only comment on the chronology that the Minister read out is about the omission of the fact that the error in the drafting was not corrected until  5 November. People were left with the impression that there was no evidence session, which is why some people found it difficult to be here at short notice. The Opposition were not slow in drawing up our list of witnesses—we responded almost immediately once we were aware that we needed to—but unfortunately, in the short time that was left because of the confusion, they were not able to re-arrange their diaries to be here. That is a shame. Given that it has taken four years since my hon. Friend the Member for Bradford South initiated the consultation on this subject when he was sports Minister, it is disappointing that we now seem to be taking undue haste when we could have been taking evidence from experts who would have better informed the Committee about the Bill.