Put that now there had been a decision on the super casino, would we be minded to accept the recommendation on casinos, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman (PMOS) replied that the next step was Tessa Jowell’s statement in the House this afternoon at 1530, therefore he did not want to pre-empt anything she was going to say. It was then a matter for the House to vote on. Tessa Jowell had to make up her mind whether to accept the panel’s decision. That then went to a vote in the House, but it would be a Whips’ vote as it was a Government proposal.
Put that the Prime Minister in October 2004 had said that Blackpool was in urgent need of regeneration, and therefore, was he disappointed that the decision had not gone to Blackpool, the PMOS said that the Advisory panel would set out the reasons why it had reached its decision. The criteria were set down, and part of that was the relative deprivation in each area, and the panel would have taken that into account. It was best for the panel to set out its reasons, and for Tessa Jowell to respond to that this afternoon.
Put that given there was to be a review within the next two years or so, was there likely to be another super casino in that timeframe, the PMOS replied that we had to take one step at a time. The important thing was that in the end, the number of casinos, be they super or otherwise, could only increase if Parliament agreed.
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