In a nutshell
A vote on whether to increase the number of regional casinos allowed under the Gambling Act from one to eight.
On 17 October 2006 Labour MP Jim Cunningham introduced a Ten Minute Rule Bill to amend the Gambling Act 2005, in order to increase the number of regional casinos (or ‘super casinos’) permitted by the Act from one to eight.
The Gambling Act 2005 allowed for the creation of a single regional casino. This was a compromise by the Government. In its original form the Act would have allowed an unlimited number of regional casinos. Opposition to the proposals led to the Government introducing a limit of eight regional casinos. Continued opposition resulted in a reduction to a single regional casino.
In 2007 Prime Minister Gordon Brown blocked the plans to create the regional casino.
For further information on the Gambling Act see the Gambling apologetic.
Mr Cunningham’s motion in 2006 was defeated by 240 votes to 55. The Bill, being a backbencher’s Bill, was never expected to become law because sufficient Parliamentary time would not be allocated to it by the Government.
How we recorded the vote
- Voted for increasing the number of regional casinos from 1 to 8.
- Voted against increasing the number of regional casinos from 1 to 8.
- Abstained or was absent on the vote for increasing the number of regional casinos from 1 to 8.