Results 81–100 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 88 - Pool betting operating licence (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Will the Minister expand on what this clause involves? Greyhound track operators have expressed their concern about how the pool betting operating licence will impact on what they already do. As the Minister knows, every greyhound track holds an exclusive right to offer pool betting on racing at the track. Pool bets on greyhound racing must be struck on course, although it is legal for two or...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 88 - Pool betting operating licence (2 Dec 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I thank the Minister for his immediate grasp of that potentially worrying situation, and I look forward to what will be an even longer Report stage than we thought originally. Question put and agreed to. Clause 88 ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 48 - Employment to provide facilities for gambling (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I want to speak briefly on clause 56, which states: ''The Secretary of State may by order create an offence of inviting'' and so on. It would be most helpful if there were some guidance on the triggers that might cause the Secretary of State to say that he or she wanted to create an offence of permitting a child to operate a gaming machine. When we took evidence in the scrutiny Committee,...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 48 - Employment to provide facilities for gambling (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Is the hon. Gentleman absolutely certain that they were standard machines that are available at other arcades around the country?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 44 - Invitation to enter premises (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 44 - Invitation to enter premises (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am not here to help the Minister, but I believe that to get the regional licence the operator would have to provide a minimum balance of non-gambling areas large enough to accommodate suitable leisure, sport, arts and cultural facilities. Unless those were provided, the operators would not get the overall licence and would not be able to operate the category A machines that they would...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 44 - Invitation to enter premises (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: They are called ''chill-out areas''.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 44 - Invitation to enter premises (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I support my hon. Friend. He is obviously suffering as a result of some sort of age gap at the moment, but I agree with everything that he said. The clause is well drafted as far as it goes. It is right that families should be encouraged to take part in certain activities. I think of race courses, where families can go to watch horses racing and to experience all the excitement of that, and...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 44 - Invitation to enter premises (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I endorse what the Minister said. The Joint Committee made the powerful point that it did not believe that children should be permitted into the non-gambling areas of small and large casinos because they would be too small. All Committee members agreed on that. The Committee also mentioned appropriate barriers and there being a suitable distance between the gambling and non-gambling areas of...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 40 - Chain-gift schemes (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: As background, because the then relevant Minister was indisposed, I had to move the Third Reading of the Bill that became the Trading Schemes Act 1996, which included proposals on the chain-gift scheme. I seek clarification on how the clause interrelates with that Act, and on whether legislation already covers any proposed offence. We must leave aside the fact that the drafting that covers...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 33 - Territorial application (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: On a point of order, Mr. Gale. I have a slight difficulty, and I suspect that one or two of my colleagues do too. You mentioned that the Bill has been reprinted. We went to the Table just now and collected what we thought was the up-to-date Gambling Bill, but it was that of 18 October. I have just examined amendment No. 21 and, regretfully, it does not tie up with the old Bill. I do not see...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 33 - Territorial application (30 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: In view of the fallout of my remarks during a previous sitting, I shall be more circumspect today. The Minister will remember that one reason why I firmly support the general principle of the Bill is that technology has moved on. Life has become much more exciting and, if we do not have proper gambling legislation to regulate the new technologies, we will not only be in several difficulties...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Although I am not on the Front Bench—

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I understand that the arts portfolio is free at the moment, but I would not pass the physical. We would do exactly as the Government have said. We would use recommendations from regional planning bodies, because they know their areas best, and ascertain which would produce the most regeneration benefits. We may have the difficult task of deciding between Bath and Blackpool, but that is how...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: This will come as a shattering surprise to the hon. Lady, but the Conservatives are not in government at the moment—that is for the near future. We are discussing what the Government will do with the Gambling Bill. I was trying to help the hon. Member for Eltham, who found it difficult to grasp that we may want to evaluate competing bids from regions. I would not want a casino—destination...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I thank the hon. Gentleman for again advancing a free-market approach, with which I can only concur. I sincerely hope that the Minister will reply in line with what he suggests. The reason why my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford did not go into intricate detail was, purely and simply, that he was under the impression that hon. Members would understand that that was an...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: This is almost surreal; in all my 28 years in this place I have never debated a clause that does not exist. As the clause is the cornerstone of the Bill, but is not in front of us, we have a virtually blank sheet of paper.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 7 - Casino (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: That is what worries me. The only fact we have is the magic figure of eight. The Minister puts a brave face on it, but he has my sympathy. He has been dropped right in it, so I will not be too rude about him. He has to carry this measure through and he will have the scars on his back until the day he leaves the House. It is, however, very interesting. The hon. Member for Bath has left the...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I welcome the principle behind the Minister's statement and I am delighted that the Government seem finally to have recognised the advice advanced by the scrutiny Committee several months ago. This is a classic case of legislating in haste, and I am worried that we will repent at leisure.


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