HC Deb 11 December 2000 vol 359 c48W
Mr. Hawkins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans that the Gaming Machines (Methods of Payment) draft Deregulation Order will be put out to formal consultation; and if he will make a statement. [141542]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Preparation of the consultation document has taken longer than we had hoped. The deregulation proposals raised some complex legal issues which have required detailed discussion with the industry and the Gaming Board. We expect, however, to publish it very shortly.