Betting, Gaming and Lotteries (Unclaimed Winnings) Bill 2010: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide for the transfer of moneys that constitute unclaimed winnings to a fund to be known as the Unclaimed Winnings Fund, to confer functions on the National Treasury Management Agency in relation to the control and management of the fund, to provide for the disbursement of moneys (including the repayment of moneys to persons entitled to them) from the fund, to set a time period after which winning parties are no longer entitled to unclaimed winnings, to establish a body to be known as the Unclaimed Winnings Board and to define its functions, to provide for a mandatory scheme of record-keeping for service providers in the fields of betting, gaming and lotteries, to provide for the appointment of inspectors, and to provide for related matters.

The only hope we have is a bit of a gamble.

It is a safer bet than the Government.

Is the Bill opposed?

Question put and agreed to.

Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

I note Deputy O'Donoghue is back.

Question put and agreed to.