Member of Parliament of the Cities of London & Westminster, Nickie Aiken MP, asked the following question in the House today to Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP regarding casinos being able to trade after 10pm in England. Allowing them to do so would match current rules in Scotland who allow casinos to remain open providing they do not serve food or drink. You can read the exchange in full below or watch it above.
Nickie Aiken MP - Love it or hate it, the gambling industry delivers thousands of jobs, and taxes, to this country. Casinos in particular create 60% of their business after 10 o’clock, and it is illegal for someone to gamble if they are drunk. May I therefore ask my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State to consider whether casinos can continue to do business after 10 o’clock in England, as they can in Scotland?
Matt Hancock MP - I would be happy to talk to my hon. Friend about that.