Casino panel questioned

The panel responsible for choosing the location of Britain’s first supercasino has came under the microscope as it has been revealed that a member of the panel has had business dealings with a company looking for a gambling licence at the Millennium Dome.

James Froomberg, commercial director of British Waterways, had held talks with the UK boss of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), who have recently acquired the site at the Millennium Dome, hoping to build an entertainment complex including a casino.

It is believed that the Government favours the dome as the location for the casino, following the news that the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, had stayed at the home of Phillip Anscutz, owner of AEG.

The panel are due to announce their decision on the location of one supercasino and 16 smaller casinos in January.

AEG have confirmed that they did have talks with Froomberg back in 2001, with the under-fire panel member claiming that his relationship with AEG was ‘historic’.

A Casino Advisory Panel (CAP) spokesman has defended the independence of the panel, declaring that there are no conflicting interests affecting their final decision.

“The panel fully recognises the need to ensure that the decisions are not affected in any way by any personal interests that any of the panel members may have.”

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