HL Deb 12 March 2001 vol 623 cc71-2WA
Lord Acton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they intend to take to amend the fees for gaming and lotteries. [HL1170]

Lord Bassam of Brighton

We have today laid before Parliament two orders under the Gaming Act 1968 and one under each of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, and the Gaming (Bingo) Act 1985.

The Gaming Board and the Home Office review gaming fees and the fees for society and local authority lotteries every year. The National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee have made recommendations about how these fees are set. They have called for the creation of a more reliable basis for determining the costs of the relevant licensing and police authorities and achieving their full recovery, and for the elimination of cross-subsidies among and between the various gaming industry and lottery sectors.

The Government have accepted these recommendations and acted upon them. The amended fees in the four orders are based upon estimates by the Gaming Board for Great Britain of the cost of each service and demand for it during the financial year 2001–02.

The four orders will bring revised fees into effect from 1 April 2001. The table sets out the current and the new levels of all the fees.

Fee Old Fee (£) New Fee (£)
S 19 Employees Certificates 100 145
S 27 gaining machine licences
New 4,140 5,623
Renewal 1,650 3,753
Casino licences
Grant 35,670 26,349
Renewal 7,325 7,325
Transfer 7,900 5,898
Consent Application 6,810 6,810
Consent transfer 3,405 3,405
Bingo licences
Grant 2,940 2,940
Renewal 920 1,357
Transfer 1,030 1,030
Consent Application 2,045 3,260
Consent transfer 680 2,630
National Bingo Game
New 165,020 150,168
Renewal 158,875 144,576
Lotteries Gaining Board fee per lottery raising—
£200K or more 635 404
£50K, less than £200K 355 263
£20K, less than £50K 180 86
£10K, less than £20K 145 86
Less than £10K 82 82
Registration fee 710 3,840
Registration renewal fee 75 142
Lottery manager 2,735 5,470
Inspection Lottery Return 5 5
Pt II Club Registration
New 210 235
Renew 105 118
Pt III Club Registration
New 115 115
Renew 69 69