Results 101–120 of 1607 for speaker:Mr Richard Page

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: It is very kind of the hon. Gentleman to point that out to me, because that was to be the last point in my short contribution to the debate on the programme motion. Nevertheless, I am glad to be reminded to say what I was going to say. The Bill shows all the hallmarks of legislating in haste. It is good that we have decided—I support my hon. Friend the Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: South-West Hertforshire, at the moment.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Schedule 3 - The Gambling Commission (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I intervene with a degree of reluctance because I realise that my hon. Friend the Member for Cotswold will go to sleep immediately I start to talk. The hon. Member for West Ham has a curl on his forehead that is coming down, and I ask him to comb it back because it is getting quite worrying. Does he not agree that, because important Bills are being cruelly curtailed by timetables, it is not...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Schedule 3 - The Gambling Commission (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I reiterate that the establishment of a gambling commission is at the heart of the Bill. If we do not get the commission and its structure right, we will be in trouble. The Gaming Board has done a marvellous job, but the role is to be expanded dramatically and the amount of money available will rise from some £4 million to between £9 million and £11 million. It is time to move on. The...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Schedule 3 - The Gambling Commission (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am sorry to say that I shall not be recommending that, because the number of organisations that could then claim such representation would become legion. If the hon. Gentleman went through the gambling industry, he could produce section after section of workers who would want representation. The commission would become a vast and unwieldy organisation. Local authorities cover licensing...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: May I say, Mr. Gale, that I appreciate your ruling, which is immensely helpful to us when planning what to do with these amendments? The Minister, in a cavalier fashion, threw in a few minor comments in his response to the amendment, such as a bit of registration, a bit of licensing and ''Let's move on quickly, lads.'' Unfortunately for him, one or two hon. Members picked up on his points....

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I understand exactly what the Minister is saying, but I am trying to make the point that, on a betting exchange, he could not lay a book as bookmakers can during their ordinary race course activities. That is a fundamental difference. I just wonder why the Minister is skirting around the issue. People cannot lay a book on a betting exchange, but one can if one has a bookmaker's licence and is...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: As I was saying, any activity involving money can be subject to corruption and people fiddling the results. I must say to the hon. Member for North Durham (Mr. Jones) that that is not new. It has not suddenly occurred with the advent of betting exchanges. The temptation to fix results in any game or activity has always been there. That is why it is important to have a strong, well funded...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Although we have our problems and scandals, the gambling and bookmaking industry in this country is of an integrity, style and shape at which the rest of the world looks with envy. Sometimes, we do a little too much breast-beating and saying how terrible things are. If we look at other countries, we can see that we are a shining example of how things should be done. That is not to say that we...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: You are absolutely right, Mr. Chairman, and he does it to me religiously every time—this is the third time. When he leads me to speak out of order, I would appreciate it if you slapped him down quicker. That would cut out a lot of work on my part and we would get on much better. The problem is the relationship, on which the amendment touches, between the ways in which betting exchanges and...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister, but have I understood him as saying that anybody laying a horse or a greyhound on a betting exchange would have to be registered? If so, will the small gambler—someone who may bet 20, 30 or 40 times a year and thinks that the horse will lose—have to be registered, or are we talking about people running parallel activities with a bookmaker's licence or...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: That is immensely helpful, although I detect the hand of the Treasury in part of that answer. No doubt the Minister will tell us what ''in business'' means.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Sadly, any form of activity in which money is involved includes such an element. Sitting suspended for two minutes' silence. On resuming—

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I am glad that my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath said that these are probing amendments. If they were accepted they would bring about the complete collapse of the betting industry throughout the whole country, and doubtless the Minister has brief a mile long on them. Obviously, to strike a bet and make it stand up, someone has to accept it so that it can be laid. If someone at...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Of course I give way to my right-wing friend.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: If my new-found right-wing friend will just hold his horses, I will come on to betting exchanges in a minute. This amendment to a clause that attempts to define betting is very important. As we know, the question of betting exchanges occupied a considerable amount of time in the scrutiny Committee. We took evidence on several occasions from eminent people in the gaming and gambling industry,...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 9 - Betting: general (11 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The hon. Gentleman has grasped at a stroke the whole principle of betting exchanges. In effect, an individual can be a bookmaker and lay a bet against other people who bet on the horse to win.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 4 - Remote gambling (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: Although I have immense sympathy with the point being argued by my hon. Friend, I ask him to think of the problem that the Government have with slot machines in casinos that are not granted category A machines. What would happen if they wanted to link up their slot machines for remote gambling as well? They would have to be subject to a licence, so as much as I would like it I cannot see the...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 4 - Remote gambling (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: I will be commendably brief. I support what my hon. Friend said. I think that the area is a valuable one on which to get clarification. I, too, have received various representations from those connected with the bingo industry. The clause is of great concern and, unless it is satisfactorily cleared up, it will be much more difficult for bingo clubs to compete with casinos with prizes of any...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill: Clause 2 - Licensing authorities (9 Nov 2004)

Mr Richard Page: The answer is remarkably simple. Unitary authorities will not be able to have licensed casinos, and nor will metropolitan ones. That is the Government's way of limiting the number of casinos around the country. It is relatively simple, and I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman has not spotted it.


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