asked Her Majesty's Government:
What steps they intend to take to amend the fees for gaming and lotteries. [HL1170]
§ Lord Bassam of Brighton
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