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Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: The key thing about the Bill is increasing the powers of regeneration. I found from experience in   local government that control over land—planning permission—was very important. What the Minister has suggested will give an awful lot of power to a developer or operator with a licence. It will go round an area with a cheque that will be very attractive to many local...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: It depends on the site. Will it be a small geographical area in a city, a city or a city region? If it is the latter, there will be competition between different authorities, and the bargaining ability of those local authorities in the face of operators with very attractive licences will, frankly, be zilch.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: But that is taking away the local authority's key bargaining chip, which is control over the site and planning. That is the only way to control such matters in my experience. The last development that I was involved with led to £23 million in planning gain, because the developer wanted a site. What is proposed will produce competition between different cities and councils for those who...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there needs to be some clarity on paragraph 9? It says that the panel will need to ensure ''a good range of types of areas, and . . . a good geographical spread of areas across Britain.'' It then says: ''The Panel will also want to ensure that those areas selected are willing to license a new casino.'' Does he agree that there could be a conflict if the...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: Is not that the salient point? Planning regulations at local council and regional level should stop overdevelopment anyway.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I agree. The point is that the Bill was supposed to be a liberalising measure. It is actually going in completely the opposite direction. Even in the permitted areas where casinos have opened, what has happened to assess the effect of gambling? Nothing at all. I do not think that the effect that gambling will have in an area is as clear cut as whoever has drafted the Bill thinks it is....

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am glad that the hon. Gentleman has raised that matter. Does he agree that the existing casinos in some large cities will convert, which will make the figure of eight superfluous?

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I can think of at least one casino in the north-east that has a very large car park and which could easily expand to become a large casino. It would be possible to develop a new, large casino on an existing site, so even though there is a cap of eight, there will not actually be eight new casinos.

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I started out as an enthusiast for the Bill because I thought that liberalisation of the archaic gambling laws in this country was long overdue and because of the welcome provisions on tightening protection for children and on internet gambling. As a former chairman of development, I could also see the benefits that the new casinos could have in that regard. In my past life, the entertainment...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that intervention, but I know that my hon. Friend supports the Bill and I am not sure that the Government Whips are concerned about her not voting for it. However, I cannot accept her point because towns such as Blackpool already have the necessary planning powers to stop development. Why have an artificial cap as we have here? I keep asking, ''Why eight?''. I am told that...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: I think that the hon. Gentleman is giving credit to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in assuming that the matter is on his radar screen. I do not think it has been during the past few hours and   days. It is quite clear that the market will decide the issue. Local councils will take a decision on casinos by means of planning legislation. As a former chair of development on...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: Possibly I do, and I want to deal with that point now. What is the relationship between the advisory body and the local planning authority? That is certainly not clear in what has been put before us today. Point 16 states: ''Operators will be required to apply for planning permission''— that is self-evident— ''in the usual way and all applications will be considered on their...

Public Bill Committee: Gambling Bill (16 Dec 2004)

Kevan Jones: Quite. That is why the relationship between planning and the so-called body is not clear. I cannot work out what the defined areas will be. How big will they be and where will they be? Clearly, if we are going to try to encourage regeneration, they should be in areas such as run-down inner-city centres. That is a planning issue. It has nothing to do with gaming. From my experience of...

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

Kevan Jones: I have to agree with the hon. Gentleman that the super-casinos are something new that has not been seen before in this country. However, does he agree that whatever number is chosen—whether it is eight, 10 or 15—is completely arbitrary and nonsense? Would it not be better to leave it as it is at the moment, with the market in permitted areas deciding what the limit should be?

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

Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) referred to the skill involved in playing a grabber machine. In fact there is no skill in it at all; it is a completely random process. Should not she stop trying to perfect her technique of grabbing a teddy?

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

Kevan Jones: In his extensive research—he has obviously done much night-time reading, to the displeasure of Mrs. Foster—has the hon. Gentleman come across anyone who has actually won a prize on a grabber machine?

Deepcut Allegations (30 Nov 2004)

Kevan Jones: As a member of the Defence Committee, I am very impressed by the openness with which all three services have dealt with the Committee on our numerous visits, and I thank my right hon. Friend for that. Does he agree that the allegations in the report are tragic for the individuals involved and totally unacceptable? Does he also agree that it is important to separate the Deepcut allegations,...

Home Affairs (29 Nov 2004)

Kevan Jones: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Home Affairs (29 Nov 2004)

Kevan Jones: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?


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