|Queen Elizabeth II announced in her “Queen’s Speech” (11:00 GMT today) that UK Draft Gaming Reform is a priority on the government’s agenda for 2004. The speech, made by the regent herself, marks the beginning of a new parliamentary session and serves to outline the UK government’s agenda, in broad strokes, for the upcoming parliamentary session.|
Gaming Reform’s recognition in the Queens Speech places it high on the government’s to do list, along side energy reform, consideration of joining the Euro, health care and education. This level of commitment to gaming reform paves the road for the much anticipated adoption of online gaming by Great Britain.
Some industry insiders are disappointed by the announcement since the Queen has only called for 'Further draft clauses of a Bill on gambling” to be published. While this is a step in the right direction, it does not place Gaming Reform in a position of likely implementation during the upcoming Parliamentary session.
“Mentioning gaming reform in the Queen’s Speech certainly highlights the importance Great Britain is placing on overall gaming reform, including online gaming. Britain has virtually guaranteed its position as Europe’s leader in the advancement online gaming.” said gaming expert Gabriel Black.