Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 600 - 601)



  600. But the regulator has an input about where it operates, surely?
  (Mr Harris) We have an input in the sense that we require them to put them in in a transparent way. We do not think that it would be right for that not to happen, but we do not lay down a set of rules which say that they must be put in particular places. The commercial decision is that of the operator. However, Camelot have, as part of their bid this time, said that they will place, I believe the number is 1,000 terminals, across the country on the basis of social considerations, as well as the basis of commercial considerations. What we do require is that there is coverage of all the country. That is at a fairly high level and would not address your retailers' concerns.


  601. Clearly this inquiry was never intended to be an inquest into the allocation of the licence. Nevertheless, I think the Committee would find it useful, if necessary on the basis of commercial confidentiality, to be able to see the documents and the consultants' reports. Could we have those, Lord Burns?
  (Lord Burns) You can if you have somewhere that is big enough to store them. There is an enormous amount of material. I am very happy to discuss that with you. I should say that there is clearly an issue which we will have to speak to Camelot about as to whether there are any sensitive parts of it in terms of security or whatever. I am sure we can come to an agreement about that.

  Chairman: I should think Camelot are in quite a good mood at the moment! Thank you, Lord Burns, and to your colleagues as well.

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