JCDGB PN 060204 - No 5 - Further call for written evidence

Session 2003-2004, 6 February 2004

Further call for written evidence and oral evidence programme 3

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:


Additional clauses were issued by the Department yesterday, which 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.

Further call for written evidence

The Joint Committee has already invited interested organisations and individuals to submit written evidence as part of its inquiry into the Draft Gambling Bill, with a deadline of 10th December 2003. Further submissions on the policy and the drafting of the clauses issued today, reflecting the guidance on written evidence given in this press notice, should reach the Committee as soon as possible and must be submitted at the latest by Tuesday 24th February 2004.

Given the limited time available for the submission of evidence and for the completion of the Committee's work, written evidence should be short and should concentrate on the major issues arising from the new clauses.

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 scrutiny@parliament.uk.  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 Alison Mara, Committee Office Scrutiny Unit, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JW. Fax 020 7219 8381.

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.

The government's own separate consultation

The Government is undertaking its own consultation exercise on the draft bill  and has asked for comments by 28th February 2004.  Details are contained in Chapter 8 of the Policy document which accompanies the draft bill. 

Oral evidence sessions on 24th February and 1st March

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 24th February at 10.00am (please note change of time): (OE 14) Transport and General Workers Union (10.00am - 10.30am); Advertising Association and Advertising Standards Authority (10.30am - 11.30am); the Rt Hon Keith Hill MP, Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (subject to confirmation) (11.30am - 12.30pm).

Tuesday 24th February at 2.15pm: (OE 15): Prize competitions and Society Lotteries: Philip Circus and Susanna Fitzgerald QC, followed by the Lotteries Council and the Pools Promoters Association.

The Committee's final evidence session will take place on Monday 1st March at 2.45pm (OE 16)  with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.


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:


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