§ Lord Fearn
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether licensed betting offices and adult gaming centres will operate under the same levels of regulation. [HL1287]
§ The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone)
Under our plans for reform of the gambling laws the same principles of regulation will apply to betting offices and adult gaming centres. In both cases the operators of those venues will need to pass a thorough "fit and proper" test to obtain the necessary licences from the new Gambling Commission, and both will require individual premises licences from the relevant local authorities.