JCDGB PN 060104 - No 3 - Oral evidence programme

Session 2003 - 2004
6 January 2004

Oral evidence programme


Oral evidence programme

The two Houses of Parliament established a Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill in the summer of 2003.  Following the publication by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport of around 50 draft clauses in July 2003 (Cm. 5878) further sections and policy information were issued on 19th November (Cm. 6014).  These can be found at

http://www.culture.gov.uk/global/publications/archive_2003/draftgamblingbill_Cm6014.htm

The remit of the Committee is to consider the draft bill, and to report on it to both Houses. The Committee will proceed in the normal manner of Select Committees, by holding hearings and receiving written evidence. The Committee will publish a report making recommendations (to which the Government must respond) by 8th April 2004.

January oral evidence sessions

The Committee will be taking evidence on Thursday 8th January at 9.45am in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster.  This will be the first of two sessions looking at the potential social consequences of the provisions in the draft bill.  The witnesses will be as follows:

At 9.45am:

Professor Mark Griffiths, Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Gambling Studies, Nottingham Trent University, Dr Emanuel Moran, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Professor Jim Orford, Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Birmingham.

At around 10.45am:

Helena Chambers, Director of Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs (QAAD), Jennifer Hogg, Evangelical Alliance, Rachel Lampard, Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs, Methodist Church, and Jonathan Lomax, Public Affairs Officer, Salvation Army.

Entrance is via St Stephen's entrance, Palace of Westminster (see last page of this press notice for a map).  Transcripts of all oral evidence sessions will be placed on the Internet within about a week of the session taking place.

Further sessions will be taking place as follows.  All meetings are provisionally to take place in Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster.  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 8388 to check the details a few days before the evidence session. 

Tuesday 13th January at 10.15am: Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams, Nottingham Trent University, Business in Sport and Leisure and the Cross-Industry Group on Gaming Deregulation; followed by John Healey MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and officials.

Thursday 15th January at 9.45am: British Casino Association and the Casino Operators' Association of the United Kingdom; followed by a number of companies with an interest in developing large-scale casinos in the United Kingdom.

Thursday 15th January at 2.15pm: Bingo Association and Committee of Registered Clubs' Associations (CORCA).

Tuesday 20th January at 9.15am: Association of British Bookmakers and the National Joint Pitch Council; followed by the British Horseracing Board, National Trainers Federation, the Jockey Club and Racefax.

Thursday 22nd January at 9.45am: Interactive Gambling, Gaming and Betting Association and the Mobile Broadband Group; followed by Betfair (and possibly others).

Tuesday 27th January at 9.45am: British Amusement Catering Trades Association (BACTA) and the Casino Machine Manufacturers Group; followed by the British Beer and Pub Association, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions Ltd and Operators of  Adult Gaming Centres (and possibly others).

Tuesday 27th January at 2.15pm: Evidence session on various issues; details to be announced.

Thursday 29th January at 9.45am: Evidence session on planning and licence issues.  Witnesses will include the Local Government Association.

Tuesday 3rd February at 9.45am: Lottery issues: witnesses will include the National Lottery Commission, Camelot and the Lotteries Council.

Tuesday 3rd February at 2.15pm: Witnesses will include the Gambling Industry Charitable Trust and GamCare.

The Committee's final evidence session will take place on Tuesday 24th February at 9.45am, provisionally with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

A further press notice updating these details will be produced later this month.

Membership

The members of the Committee are as follows:

Chairman:John Greenway MP (Ryedale) (Conservative)

Commons:

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

Lords:

The Rt Hon Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville (Conservative)
Lord Donoughue of Ashton (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)

Members' declared interests are available on the website:

http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/jcdgb.cfm

The Joint Committee has already invited interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry into the Draft Gambling Bill (in its Press Notice 3 of Session 2002-03). The deadline for written evidence has now passed; late submissions should reach the Committee as soon as possible.