HC Deb 18 February 1971 vol 811 cc526-7W
53. Mr. Fowler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a further statement on the operation of the 1968 Gaming Act.

Mr. Carlisle

After consulting the Gaming Board, my right hon. Friend has decided that in future outside Greater London, clubs may be licensed for general gaming in any borough having a population of 125,000 or more, with a saving for those areas of lesser population in which licences have already been issued. The position in London will remain unchanged. Amending regulations will be made shortly to enable clubs in new areas to apply to the Gaming Board for certificates of consent before 31st October, 1971, with a view to obtaining licences from 1st June, 1972.