Conservatives demand answers over foreign casinos - Sunday 4th of December 2005

Commenting on an admission by the Government that meetings have taken place between ministers and Anschutz Entertainment Group and Kerzner International, the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Theresa May said:

"Just a couple of weeks ago, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Tessa Jowell told Parliament she was not aware of any meetings between foreign casino operators and ministers in her department over plans for a super-casino at the Millennium Dome. A written answer from her Minister today clearly shows that this was not the case.

"There has long been a growing concern over the close relationship between government and foreign casino operators. Questions surround the level of access that overseas casino giants have had to ministers and to what extent these meetings have influenced Government decisions on granting casino licenses.

"Given the increasing rumours that the Government is coming under pressure to perform a U- turn and grant licenses for yet more super casinos, it is essential that ministers come clean about their dealings with foreign casino giants. "

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