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WAY AHEAD FOR CASINO AND BINGO DEREGULATION

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The deregulation of Britain's casinos and bingo clubs took a step forward today with proposals announced by home of...
The deregulation of Britain's casinos and bingo clubs took a step forward today with proposals announced by home office minister Timothy Kirkhope.

'I have carefully considered the views expressed in response to our consultation document on casinos and bingo clubs and now seek parliamentary approval to: allow casinos in England and Wales to sell alcohol up to 2am (3am in London); reduce the waiting period for casino membership from 48 hours to 24 hours.

'I am also proposing to lay a draft Order later this year allowing the use of debit cards in casinos and bingo clubs.'

Mr Kirkhope said four additional measures aimed at relaxing casino regulations would be subject to further consultation over the detailed provisions before being presented to parliament.

These would allow: postal applications for membership, group membership, casino slot machines, limited advertising.

Mr Kirkhope said: 'We are carefully considering the representations for increasing the number of permitted areas for casinos and hope to make our intentions clear shortly.'

'On bingo and betting shops, I propose to lay a draft Order later this year to remove restrictions on print advertising and possibly to allow broadcast advertising of bingo.'

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