|Reforms in UK gambling laws ‘are expected to include proposals for a comprehensive modernisation of the law covering gambling in Britain,’ Sports Minister Richard Caborn said.|
The reforms will be revealed in a white paper today. ‘And we shall bring forward a bill when Parliamentary time permits,’ Caborn told MPs
Sir Alan's report recommended sweeping changes to the country's 30-year-old gaming laws, saying casinos should be allowed to offer unlimited slot machine prizes. It also called for the lifting of the current ban on the serving of alcohol on casino gambling floors.
In return for deregulation, the industry would have to limit the risk of 'problem gambling'.
Mr Caborn said the Government had overruled Sir Alan's recommendation to ban jackpot machines in working.
'We have decided that we shall keep those jackpot machines because very strong representation has been made and because of the role those clubs play in the social infrastructure in the areas they operate,' he said.
Britain's gambling industry employs around 125,000 people. It has a £7 billion turnover and contributes tax revenues of more than £1 billion.