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Gambling: Licensing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

(1) how many (a) operating licences, (b) premises licences and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission withdrew in each year since October 2005;

(2) how many applications for (a) operating, (b) premises and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission received in each year since 2005;

(3) how many applications for (a) operating, (b) premises and (c) personal licences the Gambling Commission declined in each year since 2005.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

The table shows the number of applications for operating and personal licences that were received by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) and their equivalents under the previous legislation, the Gaming Act 1968 (the 1968 Act). It also shows numbers of applications which were withdrawn by applicants or declined by the Gambling Commission, and licences and certificates revoked by the Gambling Commission.

Information relating to the application for society lottery registrations under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 is not included in the table.

The figures for the 1968 Act relate to each financial year listed and those for the 2005 Act to the calendar year of 2007. Applications for operating and personal licences under the 2005 Act could be received from January 2007, prior to the Act coming fully into force on 1 September 2007.

Figures for premises licences under the 2005 Act are not yet available. Licensing authorities are responsible for considering and issuing gambling premises licences under the 2005 Act. They are expected to send their first annual returns to the Gambling Commission by the end of January 2008.

Gaming Act 1968 Applications
Applications received Withdrawn Declined Revoked
April 2005-March 2006
Casino: 5 0 0
New 67
Transfer/substitute 3
Continuance 35
Bingo: 0 0 0
New 8
Transfer 10
Gaming Machine Suppliers 171 6 0 0
S. 19 Personal certificates 3,481 316 0 26
April 2006-March 2007
Casino: 15 0 0
New 58
Transfer/substitute 1
Continuance 24
Bingo: 2 0 0
New 10
Transfer 6
Gaming Machine Suppliers 79 6 0 0
S.19 Personal certificates 3,490 443 0 28
April-August 2007
Casino: 5 0 0
New 0
Transfer/substitute 2
Continuance 0
Bingo: 1 0 0
New 4
Transfer 3
Gaming Machine Suppliers 30 0 0 0
S.19 Personal certificates 1,009 105 0 8
Gambling Act 2005 Applications
Applications received Withdrawn Declined Revoked
Operators licences 2,866 104 15 13
Personal licences 3,644 293 2 0

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