To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2008, Official Report, column 1092W, on casinos: licensing, whether a casino which is not one of the 16 small and large casinos may be opened in an area outside one of the 53 permitted areas; and if he will make a statement.
It is not permitted for a casino which is not one of the 16 new small and large casinos permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 to be opened in an area other than one of the 53 permitted areas.
Casinos other than 2005 Act casinos are licensed under the Gaming Act 1968. The 1968 Act established the principle of permitted areas in order to prevent a proliferation in the number of small casinos.
This remains a key objective of the Government's casino policy: we believe that limiting casinos licensed under the 1968 Act to the 53 permitted areas will continue to act as a deterrent to proliferation, as it is unlikely that operators will want to open more casinos in these limited geographical areas than the market there can naturally sustain.