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Session 2003-04, 22 June 2004

Appointment of Joint Committee, oral evidence hearings and call for written evidence


Appointment of Joint Committee, oral evidence hearings and call for written evidence

The two Houses of Parliament have appointed a Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill (Regional casinos) to consider and report on the Government's response to the Joint Committee on the draft Gambling Bill's recommendations 79, 80, 81, 83, 84 and 85, which focus upon the definition, location and economic and other implications of the largest casinos. The Committee is also instructed to consider the further statement of Government policy on casinos published with the Government's response. This follows a recommendation by the Committee in its report that it should be reconvened to examine this important area of policy. The Committee is instructed to report to both Houses by 22nd July 2004.

The report of the Joint Committee on the draft Gambling Bill and the Government's response can be found on our home page:

www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/jcgb_rg.cfm

Membership

The membership of the Committee is the same as that of the Joint Committee on the draft Gambling Bill:

Janet Anderson MP (Rossendale & Darwen) Labour
Tony Banks MP (West Ham) Labour
Jeff Ennis MP (Barnsley East & Mexborough) Labour
John Greenway MP (Ryedale) Conservative
Alan Meale MP (Mansfield) Labour
Richard Page MP (South West Hertfordshire) Conservative
Dr John Pugh MP (Southport) Lib Dem
Tony D. Wright MP (Great Yarmouth) Labour

The Rt Hon Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville Conservative
Lord Donoughue Labour
Lord Falkland Lib Dem
Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour
Baroness Golding Labour
Lord Mancroft Conservative
Lord Wade of Chorlton Conservative
Lord Walpole Cross Bencher

ORAL EVIDENCE SESSIONS: PROVISIONAL

The Committee is likely to hold its first oral evidence session on Thursday 1st July at 9.45am with the Rt Hon the Lord McIntosh of Haringey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Further evidence sessions are likely to take place on Tuesday 6th July at 9.45am and 2.45pm, and Thursday 8th July at 9.45am. The programme of witnesses for these sessions will be announced as soon as possible. All these dates are subject to confirmation.

All meetings are provisionally to take place in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster. Entrance is via St Stephen's entrance, Palace of Westminster (see last page of this press notice for a map link). Please allow approximately 20 minutes to clear security. Transcripts will be placed on the Internet within about a week of the session taking place.

Please note that the details of witnesses, timings and venue are provisional and subject to change. It is advisable to contact the Committee Office information line on 020 7219 2033 or the Joint Committee's office on 020 7219 8675 to check the details a few days before the evidence session.

CALL FOR WRITTEN EVIDENCE

The Joint Committee invites interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry into the Government's response to the Joint Committee on the draft Gambling Bill's recommendations 79, 80, 81, 83, 84 and 85, which focus upon the definition, location and economic and other implications of the largest casinos, and the further statement of Government policy on casinos published with the Government's response. Submissions on other matters will not be accepted.

Evidence should reach the Committee as soon as possible and must be submitted at the latest by 5th July 2004.

Written evidence should contain, if appropriate, a brief introduction to the persons or organisations submitting it. Submissions should take the form of a memorandum and should have numbered paragraphs. An indicative length would be 1,000- 1,200 words. Memoranda which exceed five pages should be accompanied by a one-page summary. Submissions may be accompanied by background material (perhaps already published elsewhere) which would not be reprinted by the Joint Committee.

We wish to receive written evidence, if possible in MS Word or rich text format, by e-mail to [email protected]. To ensure your email is directed to the correct committee, type Gambling in the subject box. A single hard copy (single-sided, unbound) should also be sent to Claudia Rock, Committee Office, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW

Once written evidence has been submitted it becomes the property of the Committee. Those who have submitted written evidence to the Joint Committee are welcome to publish their evidence themselves (for example by placing it on their own website), provided that it is not published until after the Joint Committee has acknowledged receipt of the evidence and that it is made clear that the document was prepared as evidence to the Joint Committee. Written submissions from those giving oral evidence will be available at the relevant hearing. Written evidence from others will either be published by the Committee with its final Report or placed in the public domain when that Report is published. Individuals and organisations considering submitting information to the Committee that they would wish the Committee to treat as confidential should consult the Clerks in advance, initially by sending an e-mail to the address given above.

Further notices will be issued shortly, indicating how the Committee will proceed.

To follow the progress of the inquiry, you may:

Visit: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/jcdgb_rg.cfm

Ask to be added to the mailing list for future notices, if you are not already on the Committee's mailing list.

Claudia Rock
Committee Office
House of Lords
London
SW1A 0PW

e-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 020 7219 8675

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