|Senior MPs and peers speaking at a parliamentary committee on Thursday warned of possible impediments to the swift passage of the U.K Gambling Bill, citing ‘political opposition’ and ‘industry disunity’ as key factors in the equation. |
John Greenway, the Tory Chairman of the joint scrutiny committee, said, “it would be highly regrettable if the final parliamentary process was dominated by anti-gambling arguments.'
Labour peer Lord Donoughue, added: “It helps if an industry appears to be reasonably united in support of something. If an industry is very divided and is proposing derailment, a government will decide in the first instance that it’s not worth its while, especially if there is an election looming.”
Greig Chalmers, head of the team working in the Bill, said “We will work hard to get the Bill ready for introduction in September or October. That’s our ambition, but other departments have ambitions, too, and we have a job to do to convince the rest of the Government and the public that now is the time to introduce the Bill.”