Early day motion 2634

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HIGH STREET BOOKMAKERS AND B2 GAMING MACHINES

That this House is alarmed by the proliferation of B2 gaming machines in high street bookmakers and licensed betting offices, from 16,380 in 2006-07 to 32,000 today; is concerned that B2 machines offer fast, high stakes gambling in easy-to-access shops, effectively making them high street casinos; notes that these machines allow people to play as many as 180 roulette games an hour and can take up to 100 every 20 seconds; further notes the finding of the Portas Review that bookmakers are circumventing limits on the number of gaming machines in a single shop; acknowledges that problem gambling ruins lives and that research shows people on low incomes are particularly vulnerable; and calls on the Government to review the Gambling Act 2005, significantly reducing stake and prize limits for gaming machines and restricting game speeds to a more appropriate level, and to make parliamentary time available for the Betting Shops Bill presentedby the right hon. Member for Lewisham, Deptford in July 2011 which creates a separate use class for betting shops allowing local authorities and communities more control over what appears on high streets as recommended by the Portas Review.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 26.01.2012
Alexander, Heidi Labour Party Lewisham East 26.01.2012
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 24.01.2012
Bruce, Fiona Conservative Party Congleton 26.01.2012
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 25.01.2012
Cunningham, Alex Labour Party Stockton North 26.01.2012
Doran, Frank Labour Party Aberdeen North 08.02.2012
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 24.01.2012
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 25.01.2012
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 26.01.2012
Foster, Don Liberal Democrats Bath 24.01.2012
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 26.01.2012
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 02.02.2012
Harman, Harriet Labour Party Camberwell and Peckham 24.01.2012
Hillier, Meg Labour Party Hackney South and Shoreditch 24.01.2012
Hodge, Margaret Labour Party Barking 24.01.2012
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 30.01.2012
Hunt, Tristram Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 26.01.2012
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Kilburn 30.01.2012
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 30.01.2012
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 25.01.2012
Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East 26.01.2012
Love, Andrew Labour Party Edmonton 25.01.2012
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 24.01.2012
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 25.01.2012
McGuire, Anne Labour Party Stirling 08.02.2012
Munt, Tessa Liberal Democrats Wells Somerset 26.01.2012
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 25.01.2012
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 24.01.2012
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 24.01.2012
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 25.01.2012
Sheerman, Barry Labour Party Huddersfield 30.01.2012
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 26.01.2012
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 26.01.2012
Williams, Stephen Liberal Democrats Bristol West 25.01.2012