Results 21–40 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My hon. Friend has made exactly the point that I was going to make, so I shall not repeat it, save to say that I am with him heart and soul. Perhaps the Government want to create a new industry of arson. It would then be very convenient and easy to obtain a new lease: just burn the old place down and away we go lads, no problem. Of course, I cannot endorse that, although my hon. Friend has...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am not trying to curry favour with the Minister, but I ask the Committee not to blame him. He is the fall guy—the patsy—sent in to try to cover up inefficiency, terrible mistakes and the fact that various Government Departments will not and cannot talk to each other in order to put together a coherent policy. He has my sympathy. I recognise that, while he smiles through the pain, his...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On a point of order, Mr. Gale. You are an experienced Chairman, and no doubt you have come across this unusual circumstance many times before. However, for me, this is the first time in 28 years in Committee that we have gone into the quasi limbo-land that is constituted by this debate on a Government statement. My point of order is directed at the Government Whip. He has moved that further...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 315 - Power of Gambling Commission to void bet (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On a point of order, Mr. Pike. I have been in the House for 28 years but I never had an experience like this before. Can you tell me what the status of this debate is? Will it finish at 11.25 am? Can it resume at   2.30 pm, or can it continue until an unlimited hour? Does it have any standing at all? I should be grateful if you could tell me, because it is most unusual.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 315 - Power of Gambling Commission to void bet (16 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Unless the Government Whip moves the motion again at 2.30 pm, when we can start again.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 301 - Evidence of authorisation (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My hon. Friend is opening up something that I must confess I had missed in the welter of new clauses and documentation that has hit us. Is he suggesting that a police constable with due authorisation could take along the press, cameramen and a panoply of media?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 301 - Evidence of authorisation (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I want to help the Government in this situation. Does my hon. Friend think that they should come forward with regulations on who the police constable and authorised person can take along with them, so that there is a clear list of approved people?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am sorry to ask this just as the Minister is drawing to an end. We have a real problem, in that one cannot lay a book on a betting exchange. A bookmaker can make a book because they can actively control the odds, whereas on the betting exchange the odds are on the screen, and one has no control over them. That is a fundamental difference. The worry is whether there are people who are able...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: No, I did not say that.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I thank the Minister for giving way. If someone goes to lay a bet on the betting exchanges, there are odds. If someone were to go through the piece of all the odds being offered, whatever happens—and we assume that they get the winner or loser as the case may be—if they had invested £100 they would come away at the end of the day with £92. They would not come away with £110. That is...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I fully accept that my inarticulate stuttering has not got through to the Minister, and I apologise for that. What I am endeavouring to say is that if one uses the betting exchanges to lay bets, it is impossible to run a business that will not eventually go bust, and, as I understand it, the objective of most businesses is to make a profit. That is why my hon. Friend the Member for North-East...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I want to follow my hon. Friend in saying that I am not coming out on one side or another. We are all seekers after definitions and truth, rather than people advancing particular arguments. The definition of a business occupied the scrutiny Committee for a considerable and inordinate time. It was obvious fairly quickly—even to somebody of my advanced years—that the Committee operated from...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I would never want to push you to the limit, Mr. Pike. I must apologise for not making the point more clearly. Because of the open audit trail of betting exchanges, it is easier to trace and to identify offences, but there is concern that all is not fair and above board and that all is not cricket, which is why I have been going through the scenario for the Committee. The hon. Member for...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: One never knows. After the next election—[Interruption.] Is the Minister going to intervene or is he getting a drink?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 279 - Exceptions to offences (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: After the next election, we may need the support of my hon. Friend the Member for Bath to drive this great nation forward to even better and other things, or we may not. To return to where we were. The Government need to go beyond what is in the clause. We want to understand the thinking behind the Government's way of going forward. It is not just a definition of a business that is needed....

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Member for Bath has, with just a few questions, punched a number of serious holes in the provisions. Although the Minister says that the Government amendments contain nothing of any great substance and that the policy remains intact, there are areas of doubt. To reinforce what the hon. Member for Bath said—and as I mentioned in my brief contribution half an hour ago—I ask to what...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I know that my hon. Friend takes a great deal of interest in the small business sector, as I did in my youth, which is why I understand his concern. The problem is that so many extra clauses have been rammed at us, and I am unable to give him a considered reply because they might deal with competitiveness. It is impossible to absorb six pages of legislation—new schedule 2—at a moment's notice.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My hon. Friend flatters me. He is providing the Minister with ample opportunity to say later that this hon. Member is retiring from Parliament because he is past it, has had his day, and that it is no wonder that he cannot understand the legislation, because he is suffering from senior moments in every Committee. I will not follow my hon. Friend's argument, because I would probably be out of...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman opens up yet another vista.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 267 - Gaming machines (14 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Unfortunately, proceedings up to clause 284 must be concluded by 5.30 this afternoon. The hon. Gentleman made a tempting and generous offer,   but I must proceed with caution. However, he touched on an issue that I was about to come to, which is regulation. I noted during my brief examination of the new clauses that the Government have endeavoured to set out in the Bill the reasons why the...


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