Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Seventh Report



PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE RELATING TO THE REPORT

WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2002


Mr Gerald Kaufman, in the Chair

Mr Chris Bryant

Rosemary McKenna

Mr Frank Doran

Ms Debra Shipley

Michael Fabricant

John Thurso

Alan Keen

Derek Wyatt

Miss Julie Kirkbride

 

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report (The Government's proposals for gambling: nothing to lose?), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 20 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 21 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 22 to 34 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 35 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 36 to 47 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 48 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 49 and 50 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 51 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 52 to 56 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 57 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 58 to 62 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 63 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 64 to 66 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 67 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 68 to 70 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 71 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 72 to 94 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 95 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 96 to 99 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 100 read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 101 to 103 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 104 to 107 read as follows:

104. Whilst acknowledging that any change could have an impact on the income of the National Lottery, the Gambling Review Body recommended that betting on the National Lottery should be permitted. It had been suggested to them that although a bet would be attractive to the public as the payout for three numbers would be much greater than 10, the public would continue to buy lottery tickets for their potentially life changing prizes.

105.The Government has chosen to reject this recommendation rather than run the risk of adversely affecting sales of the Lottery and income to Good Causes.

106.Camelot considered that it was wrong for commercial operators to trade on the brand of the National Lottery when they have not made any investment in its success, and may bring the brand into disrepute. Research commissioned by Camelot suggested that the potential impact of allowing side-betting could reduce Lottery sales by up to 20%, reduce returns to Good Causes by 425 million and returns to the Government in duty by 510 million in the second licence period. We consider that the reduction of revenue to Good Causes might be offset by the Betting industry agreeing to make substantially increased contributions to the industry charitable trust, which would benefit all those who gamble.

107. We recommended in our previous Report, The Operation of the National Lottery, that betting on the outcome of the National Lottery should be permitted, and we repeat this recommendation.

Paragraphs disagreed to.

Paragraphs 108 to 111 (now paragraphs 104 to 107) read and agreed to.

Paragraph 112 (now paragraph 108) read, amended and agreed to.

Paragraphs 113 to 119 (now paragraphs 109 to 115) read and agreed to.

Annex agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Seventh Report of the Committee to the House.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 (Select committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Minutes of Evidence.

Ordered, That the Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee be reported to the House.—(The Chairman.)

 

  [Adjourned to a day and time to be fixed by the Chairman.

 


 
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