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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Raymonde Collins, William Dyke, Kenneth Jones, Patrick McSweeney and Richard Smith.  Councillor Colin Caller was appointed substitute for Councillor Richard Smith.


Apologies were also received from the following substitute members:-  Councillors Bronwen McGarraty, Patricia Oakeshott and Anthony Pritchard.



Minutes of the meeting held on 27 July 2006 to be signed by the Chair – minutes previously circulated


The minutes of the meeting held on 24 May 2006 were signed by the Chair.


Declarations of Interest

To declare any interests Members may have in the items contained on this agenda. When declaring an interest a Member must state what their interest is.


No declarations of interest were made.


Presentation on the implications of the Gambling Act 2005


The Chair invited the Council's Senior Licensing Officer to update the Committee on the Gambling Act 2005.


The Committee was informed that the Gambling Act 2005 would come into force on 1 September 2007 and would create a unified regulator for gambling in Great Britain i.e. the Gambling Commission (currently the Gaming Board).  The Act also establishes a new licensing regime for commercial gambling.  The Gambling Commission will regulate all commercial gambling in Great Britain, except the National Lottery and spread betting, and will issue operating and personal licences.


The Gambling Act 2005 transfers all responsibility for licensing gambling premises to local authorities who will also be responsible for a number of different permits, as well as temporary and occasional use notices.


Local Authorities (acting as licensing authorities) will issue premises licences for the following activities:-


  • bingo (housey housey);
  • betting;
  • adult gaming centres;
  • family entertainment centres (Licensed);
  • casinos;
  • horse racing and dog tracks.


They will also issue permits for:-


  • gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises, such as public houses;
  • gaming machines for members clubs;
  • other gaming activities in members clubs;
  • category D machines (those machines that can be used by children and have the lowest level of stakes and prizes) in family entertainment centres;
  • prize gaming.


Licensing Authorities will also register and issue:-


  • small society lotteries;
  • occasional and temporary use notices;
  • provisional statements.


The Senior Licensing Officer apprised Members on the role and function of the Committee under the new Act and it was envisaged that powers would need to be delegated to officers.


At the conclusion of the presentation  the Senior Licensing Officer answered Members questions.


Resolved that


(1)        a report be submitted to a future meeting of the Committee on a scheme of delegation for officers;


(2)        Mr D Bragg of the Gambling Commission be invited to a future meeting of the Committee to give a presentation on the Gambling Act.


Minutes of Licensing Panel's held on 25 May 2006 and 27 July 2006 - minutes herewith


The Committee received the minutes of the Panels held on 25 May 2006 and 27 July 2006.


Resolved that the minutes of the Panel held on 25 May 2005 and 27 July 2006 be noted.