UK gambling reforms outdated before enactment
By Linda
The gambling industry has warned the UK Government that its long-awaited laws to revolutionise gambling could be out of date by the time they come into effect in 2004.

The Government is currently drawing up the new legislation, which is intended to modernise gambling and e-gaming, but it won't actually be debated in parliament until next autumn.

But technology moves so fast, some are concerned that the laws will be left behind. A number of existing technological developments, such as the proliferation of betting exchanges and the roll-out of betting on iTV, have already left some wondering if the law will keep up.

Roger Withers, chairman of Arena Leisure, which operates horseracing rights venture AtTheRaces, said there was a real danger the laws would be outdated by the time they came into effect.

Peter Dean, chairman of the gaming board of Great Britain, which is responsible for implementing gambling and gaming law, said there was a need for reform now but warned that this would require additional primary legislation.

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