Session 2003 -2004
23 January 2004
Oral evidence programme 2
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
The remit of the Committee is to consider the draft bill, and to report on it to both Houses. The Committee is proceeding 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.
Future oral evidence sessions
The Committee is now able to confirm further details of its future oral evidence sessions. 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 8388 to check the details a few days before the evidence session.
Tuesday 27th January at 9.45am (OE 9) gaming machines: 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 (BALPPA) and Operators of Adult Gaming Centres.
Tuesday 27th January at 2.15pm (OE 10) greyhound racing: British Greyhound Racing Board.
Thursday 29th January at 9.45am (OE 11) planning and licensing: Local Government Association; followed by Blackpool Borough Council, Northwest Development Agency and Anthony Jennens, a planning consultant.
Tuesday 3rd February at 9.45am (OE 12) lotteries: witnesses will include the National Lottery Commission, Camelot and (provisionally) the Lotteries Council.
Tuesday 3rd February at 2.15pm (OE 13) social implications - session two: Gambling Industry Charitable Trust; followed by GamCare and the Gordon House Association.
Tuesday 24th February at 9.45am: (OE 14) Session on advertising, prize competitions and planning issues - witnesses to be announced.
Tuesday 24th February at 2.15pm: (OE 15) Evidence session on various issues: details to follow.
The Committee's final evidence session will now take place on
Monday 1st March at 2.45pm, (OE 16) with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
A further press notice updating these details will be produced in February.
The members of the Committee are as follows:
Chairman: John Greenway MP (Ryedale) (Conservative)
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
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:
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.
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