Why the 2005 Gambling Act never paid off


  • 11/09/2012
It could have revolutionised Britain’s gambling industry.

But many of the liberalising measures mooted for the 2005 Gambling Act were dropped by a Labour administration beset by a bruising press campaign – warning of “blackjack on every street corner” – and hamstrung by pre-election jitters.

But is it now time for the Act to be revisited?  Should its more liberal intentions be restored? And what benefits would it bring to the casino industry, its consumers and the UK economy?

Please join us for this panel discussion, which will feature Sir Alan Budd – author of the Budd Report, which proposed extensive liberalisation of the industry – and Christopher Snowdon, IEA Research Fellow and author of a new paper Seven Years Later – Casinos in the aftermath of the 2005 Gambling Act.

They’ll be joined by Neil Goulden, Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Trust, Philip Davies MP, Chairman the All-Party Parliamentary Betting and Gaming Group, and Anthony Jennens, Chairman of Gamcare. The discussion will be chaired by IEA Director General Mark Littlewood.

This stimulating session takes place on Tuesday September 11 here at the IEA, 2 Lord North Street, 6.30-8.00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

We’d be delighted if you could join us.

RSVP (ACCEPTANCES ONLY PLEASE) to [email protected] or 020 7799 8900