HC Deb 28 January 1998 vol 305 c285W
Mrs. Lait

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the number of casino licenses. [25005]

Mr. George Howarth

My right hon. Friend is responsible for regulations prescribing in which area casinos may operate: within those areas individual licence applications go to the local licensing authorities.

We have been considering the previous Government's proposals for adding some 20 new permitted areas to the 53 existing ones. We expect to make our views known shortly.