The Gambling Act 2005 received Royal Assent on 7 April 2005 and gives effect to the Government's proposals for reform of the law on gambling. It will come into force as directed by the Secretary of State, although transitional arrangements dealing with the continuation of old licences and transitional protection for casinos below minimum licensable size, advance and interim applications and conversion of existing licences, come into effect immediately. The Act contains a new regulatory system for the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting, and repeals several antiquated Gaming Acts, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, the Gaming Act 1968 and the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

The original proposals contained in the Gambling Bill were reviewed in Open Door of 29 October 2004. If you would like a copy of that issue, please e-mail to: opendoor@shepwedd.co.uk

It is well publicised that the original proposals for regional "super-casinos" were
significantly curtailed in the final version of the Act, which now permits
only one regional casino. Two other categories of casino - large and small
- are introduced, and they are limited to a total of 8 each initially, although
there
is power to amend these limits or dispense with them altogether.

Full details of the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 can be accessed from the HMSO website at: http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts2005/20050019.htm and the accompanying Explanatory Notes are also available at: http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/acts/en2005/2005en19.htm

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