Lords to grill super-casino minister

A meeting has been set up to discuss the Casino Advisory Panel’s (CAP) recommendation to host the UK’s first super-casino in Manchester.

The man who chaired CAP, Professor Crow, and the Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, have been called by a House of Lords Select Committee this coming Tuesday to explain the selection process of their recommendation to the government.  

The losing bidders of the super-casino licence have also been asked to answer eight questions on the selection criteria and submit any other concerns they may have to the committee.

Blackpool council leader, the town favourite for the super-casino before the decision was made, is looking forward to the opportunity.

"This presents a good opportunity to for us to state our case and comment on the processes and report from the Casino Advisory Panel,” said Roy fisher.

"We are currently compiling our answers to the questions and we will be submitting them to the committee before the deadline."

Blackpool will be eager for the chance to put forward their case which has received much backing throughout the country causing over 100 MP’s to sign a petition asking the government to re-think the decision. It looked over for Blackpool after Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, announced last week that she would almost certainly approve CAP’s recommendation to the government.

The final decision on the super-casino and the 16 other smaller casinos throughout the country will be likely to be made by the end of this month.

However, despite the glimmer of hope for Blackpool, it will cause the government to eat a huge slice of humble pie if they are to go with any other choice than CAP’s recommendation, the government-selected body responsible for the decision.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-03-09 10:38:42

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