Vasilijs Melniks

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd October 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Gambling Commission undertook due diligence on Vasilijs Melniks before granting a licence to the Park Lane Casino in London.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Gambling Commission has advised me that it undertook enhanced and significant due diligence in relation to Mr Melnik’s Park Lane Club casino licence application in 2014. Based on the result of those checks it was satisfied as to his suitability to be associated with the licence. The Gambling Commission is currently reviewing Silverbond’s (Park Lane Casino’s) licence to provide gambling in Britain.

Details of the Commission’s processes may be found at the following links:

https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/for-gambling-businesses/Apply-for-a-licence/What-you-need-to-send-us-when-you-apply-for-an-operating-licence-medium-to-large-businesses.aspx https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/PDF/Statement-of-principles-for-licensing-and-regulation.pdf https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/Regulatory-action/Review-a-licence.aspx

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