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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP welcomes Gaming Machine amendments

2nd August 2011
MP welcomes Gaming Machine amendments

Gordon Henderson has welcomed the changes made to the Gambling Act 2005: Category B3 Gaming Machines, which will see the maximum stake increased from £1 to £2. The maximum number of category B machines permitted in adult gaming centres and bingo clubs will also vary.

The changes, for which Mr Henderson has been campaigning for some time, will help amusement arcades and bingo clubs in Sittingbourne and Sheppey, which have been struggling in the current economic climate.

Amusement arcades and bingo clubs can prove important for local tourism and fulfil a vital social function. The additional revenue will help these businesses remain competitive, protect jobs and boast British gaming machine manufacturers and suppliers.

Mr Henderson said,

“I have been campaigning for this new legislation and so I welcome the changes which took effect on 13th July 2011.

“Amusement parks are an important part of our local leisure and tourist industry, particularly on Sheppey, and I very much hope these changes will give our hard pressed amusement industry a big fillip.”

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