Results 61–80 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I would hate the Minister to run away with the idea that I suggested that the DCMS put any money in at all. It was the industry that put the money in to work out the code of conduct for those particular machines.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I have a simple question for the Minister: has he ever run a business? Does he really think that people can hang on for six years waiting for the Government finally to make up their mind? That is an incredible admission.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I rise with a degree of hesitation, because when I spoke on clause 219, the Minister said that, although I am normally fair-minded and use a broad-brush approach, this time I was pedantic and approaching the issue as if in a debating society. It seemed to me that I was getting somewhere near the truth of the matter. The Minister was starting to squirm a little, because I was making the point...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: We all have senior moments; I am happy with that. I apologise to the hon. Gentleman for not being present for his opening remarks. I came in when he was talking about trials in certain large and small casinos. That sounds marvellous in theory, but would that not create an imbalance with other large casinos that were not part of the trial? Would the clientele not be tempted to go to the...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Does my hon. Friend feel that when the Minister replies to his valid and wise comments, he should address the time scale for the measures? Any business, if it knew that there was to be a review and an outcome to be reached, would be prepared to handle that and to plan. The scrutiny Committee said that a number of category A machines should be allowed into casinos that were in operation before...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Would it help my hon. Friend if I said that he is absolutely right in saying that the French have been very prescriptive about where they locate their casinos? However, there is an obligation on casino operators to provide cultural support for particular areas; for example, by providing an arts theatre. I can produce actual examples if my hon. Friend requires me to do so.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 220 - Gaming machines: Categories A to D (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: My hon. Friend is pushing on a most important point. The new regional casinos will have considerable leisure facilities, and my experience and knowledge tell me that some 50 per cent. of their profit will come from activities other than gaming. However, if the regeneration moneys are to be put into the various areas, there has to be a carrot: a differential between casinos that have served...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 219 - Gaming machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: We are not trying to disagree with that. We are just trying to make the point that we would like any decision-making process to be coterminous with advice from the gambling commission. A Secretary of State—trustworthy though they all are—should not go roaring ahead in their own direction. I would like the Minister's assurance on that.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 219 - Gaming machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Will the Minister address closely the points made by my hon. Friends the Members for North-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Moss) and for Hertford and Stortford? Subsection (4)(e) enables the Secretary of State through regulation to make provision by reference to a machine's location—whether it is in a house—and its purpose. That provision will give the Secretary of State immense power over our...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 219 - Gaming machine (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I go along with everything that the Minister says, but does he not accept that, particularly when it comes to subsection (5), the Secretary of State can take decisions and actions without advice from the gambling commission? There is an independence about the position, but we want it linked to the commission's advice and direction. We do not want the Secretary of State to go off and do...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (7 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Further to that point of order, Mr. Gale. I find the situation completely and utterly unacceptable. The Government have had years to prepare the Bill. We on the Opposition Benches do not have the resources to examine the new clauses within a time scale that allows us to consult, whereas the Government have had plenty of time to do that. Introducing the amendments at this stage is disgraceful...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 122 - Exemption for small-scale operators (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The Minister's point is absolute common sense. What is the specified period, or will there be another regulation that the Secretary of State may be minded to change at will?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 122 - Exemption for small-scale operators (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Having a certified copy on the wall is simply common sense and practical, but does not that go directly against what the Minister has just told us, which is that that would not be allowed? One must produce the original within a reasonable period—we have changed specified period to reasonable period. What is a reasonable period? Is it 19 days, or something like that?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 122 - Exemption for small-scale operators (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I support my hon. Friend's arguments. We have shades of clause 56 in this debate. I am not asking the Minister to look at it again, and officials need not worry either. The issue is simply that that clause said on the age limit for category D gaming machines: ''The Secretary of State may by order create an offence of inviting, causing or permitting a child'', and so on. We managed to tease...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 120 - Nature of personal licence (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I congratulate the Minister on moving this amendment, which neatly comes in and nicks the place of the one that we tabled, amendment No. 249. The obvious doubts and confusion that were not dispelled by the explanatory memorandum have now been clarified, but could I ask the Minister for further explanatory comment? One of the problems in holding the licences is, in the case of amendment No....

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 107 - Lapse (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Does the Minister accept that it is a little unfair of him to make out that we should have moved new clause 11 when the Committee was dealing with clause 97, because we are dictated to by the selection of amendments? I think that the Chairman would have objected if we had tried to move new clause 11 in the middle of our debates on clause 97. I refer the Minister to clause 107(1), which...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 107 - Lapse (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I appreciate everything that the Minister has said. We all want to see integrity in the whole gaming industry. He is looking a little higher up the chain, however; I have in mind a small business which is just an owner-operator, on his own with no partner. He might be reluctant to bring someone else in and to add their name and enable them to operate the business. He may wish to sell it and...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 107 - Lapse (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I support the amendment, which in many ways interrelates with new clause 11, which we shall discuss in a moment. As the hon. Gentleman says, if mother nature or bad driving claim any of us who operate a gaming licence, the current licensing system seems to give the executors of one's estate a much more generous period to enable them to put affairs in order and enable the business to keep...


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