» Tuesday, October 26, 2004


Asked if the Prime Minister had been indicating yesterday that forty was the cap on the number of new casinos which would be allowed under the measures contained in the Gambling Act, the PMOS said that a combination of the licensing system, planning applications which would have to be granted and an estimate from the industry itself suggested to us that there would be a maximum of forty new casinos as a result of the Bill. That was the figure on which we were basing our proposals. Asked if the Government would act were the figure to exceed forty, the PMOS reminded journalists that it wasn’t his policy to respond to hypothetical questions. That said, it was important for people to recognise that the figure had emerged from the industry itself. Taking that into account, together with the licensing system and planning applications which would have to be granted, it was also one with which we agreed.

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