» Monday, February 25, 2008


Asked if the casinos announcement would be made tomorrow, the PMS replied that people could expect the casinos announcement tomorrow.

Asked if there would be a statement from the Culture Secretary, the PMS replied that he was not sure of the exact form that it would take, but would be a written or oral statement.

Asked what the Government’s position was on casinos given all the confusion, the PMS replied that there was no confusion on casinos.

Put that the position had changed a lot, the PMS replied that this was not the case. The position was changed by Mr Brown in Prime Minister’s Questions in July, when he said that he was not convinced that a super casino was necessarily the best way of regenerating some of our larger cities. But the position in relation to the other 16 had always been clear. The issue in July was in relation to the one super casino.

Asked why it was not good to have a super casino, but good to have a slightly smaller casino, the PMS replied that he did not want to pre-empt the announcement that will be made tomorrow, but as we said in July, there was a huge difference in scale in terms of gambling opportunities in a super casino compared to one of the smaller casinos, in particular, the super casinos had unlimited stakes.

Asked if the casinos announcement tomorrow meant that we were not expecting anything from the Home Office on drinking tomorrow, the PMS replied that we were not expecting anything from the Home Office on alcohol tomorrow.

Asked why the casinos announcement had taken so long given the position had not essentially changed, the PMS replied that we had said that we would work up an alternative way of providing equivalent regeneration benefits which did not necessarily rely on a super casino.

Asked if we might get a regeneration announcement tomorrow, the PMS replied that this was the general anticipation.

Asked why it was important that the 16 smaller casinos had limits, and did it really make any difference, the PMS replied that it was best to have a detailed discussion about the merits of the Government’s policy on super casinos once the Government had announced its policy on super casinos tomorrow.

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