By Earl
Clive Hawkswood, a senior UK government official at the Department of Culture Media and Sport, was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Interactive Gambling Gaming and Betting Association (iGGBA) staged at London’s International Casino Exhibition.

iGGBA members were treated to what was described by attendees as “an exclusive insight” to the government’s current thinking relating to i-gaming and the recommendations set out by the Budd Report.

Nick Harding, chairman of iGGBA explained: “This was an extremely productive meeting for everyone involved in the association. Clive Hawkswood made it clear that, from the Department’s point of view, iGGBA will play an important role in presenting ideas on how the i-gaming sector can develop in this country. It was an interesting and stimulating debate which covered issues including the type and timing of legislation and ways in which the industry can interact with the DCMS.” He added: “It was also agreed at the meeting that iGGBA will frame a paper to outline an industry approach to future regulatory compliance.”

Since its formation in September 2001, iGGBA, the UK industry’s newest trade association, has attracted 25 members including Harrods, Gala, Sportech, Ritz, Corals and the latest recruit, MDM Mirage. Membership is open to all UK-registered organisations with on-line interests.

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Digital image attached: (l-r) Nick Harding, Clive Hawkswood and Roger Withers

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