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Horse Racing: Betting

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to issue details of his Department's consultation on the future of the horse racing levy.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

I am currently in discussions with representatives of racing and bookmakers on the options for the future of the levy that are fair, commercial, sustainable, enforceable and remove Government from the process. We have made a promising start but it is still early days and I am cautious about moving to a public consultation until these discussions have produced an outline which is acceptable to both sides. Everybody wants to reach a solution swiftly but whether we do will depend on how quickly the racing and gambling industries can agree.

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