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Casino Regeneration

Asked if Hazel Blears had given her report on alternatives to Casino regeneration to the Prime Minister, the PMS said that this was another story that also led to a slight collective scratching of heads. It was well known what the Prime Minister’s position was in relation to the Super casino and contrary to what was reported in the Daily Telegraph this morning, the position in relation to the 16 other casinos had not changed either. It was always clear that the concerns the Prime Minister had raised were about the Super casino and not about the 16 other casinos.

The Prime Minister said at the time that insofar as the policy objective was one around regeneration, he thought there would be better ways in achieving regeneration than a Super casino and that was something that needed to be looked at. As and when we had any further announcements we would make them. Asked if Hazel Blears had given the report in, the PMS said that he would not be commenting on internal Government processes.

Asked if the Prime Minister had met with Manchester City Council last week to discuss the matter, the PMS replied that he would need to check on that.

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