Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Seventh Report



Las Vegas

Aladdin Resort Casino

Discussion of the Nevada and American gaming industry, the regulation of the industry and a demonstration of the security and surveillance system of the casino with Mr Bill Timmins, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr Gary Vicchairelli of the Aladdin Resort Casino and Mr Peter George, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Park Place Entertainment.

Rio Hotel and Casino

Discussion of the regulation and running of a Las Vegas Casino and demonstration of the surveillance system, with Mr William Buffalo, Vice-President and Associate General Counsel, Harrah's Entertainment, Mr Thomas M. Jenkin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, and Mr Gary Selesner, Assistant General Manager of the Rio Hotel and Casino.

Mayor of Las Vegas

Discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of the Las Vegas gaming industry, the economy of Las Vegas and the regulation of the industry with Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Nevada State Office Building

Discussion of the regulation of the industry, taxation and problem gambling with Professor Bill Eadington, Economics Department, University of Nevada, Mr Bobby Siller, Member, Nevada State Gaming Control Board (formerly FBI), Mr Keith Kizer, Chief Deputy Attorney General, Gaming Division, Mr Steve DuCharme, former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Senator Mark James, Nevada State, Myrna Williams, Clark County Commissioner, Mr Dan Reaser, Attorney (Lionel, Sawyer, Collins), Mr Ellis Landau, Chief Financial Officer, Boyd Gaming Corporation.


National Council on Problem Gambling

Discussion on the incidence of and treatment of problem gambling in the USA and the funding available for treatment programmes with Mr Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.

American Gaming Association

Discussion on the American gaming industry and its attitudes towards problem gambling with Mr Frank J Fahrenkopf Jnr, President, and Ms Judy Patterson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the American Gaming Association.


Aberdeen City Council

Discussion on the Scottish Licensing system, the regulation of the industry and the likely impact of the Government's proposals for gambling with Ms Brenda Flaherty, Principal Solicitor, District Court and Licensing, Mr Larry Adan, Planning & Strategic Development, Mr A Gilchrist, Environment & Consumer Protection, Aberdeen City Council, Mr Eric Anderson, Depute Clerk, Aberdeen City Council Licensing Board, Mr Mike Taylor and Mr Lawrence Tough, Raeburn Christie Solicitors, Mr George Stewart and Mr George Tester, Directors, International Casino, Sergeant Phil Murray and Sergeant Graham McLeod, Grampian Police, Mr Tony McCombie and Mr Gordon Sinclair, Grampian Community Fire Safety.

International Casino

Discussion on the running of a British casino, the regulation of the industry and the likely impact of the Government's proposals for gambling with Mr George Tester and Mr George Stewart, Directors of the International Casino and Ms Dee Hastie, General Manager.

Aberdeen Licensing Board

Attendance of a casino licence application hearing and discussion of the Scottish Licensing System with Mr Allan Maclean, Convenor, and Mr James Wyness, Janetta Anderson, Pamela MacDonald, Mr John Reynolds, Mr David Falconer, Yvonne Allan, Muriel Jaffrey, Maureen Irons, Mr Charles Pirie and Marianne Stewart of the Licensing Board.

Gaming Control Board for Great Britain

Discussion of the Scottish licensing system and the Government's proposals for gambling with Mr Graham White, Chief Inspector and Mr Ian Maxwell, Senior Inspector for Scotland, Gaming Board for Great Britain.


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