Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013: From the Seanad

The Dáil went into Committee to consider amendments from the Seanad.

Seanad amendments Nos. 1 to 6, inclusive, are related and will be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 1:
Section 2: In page 6, line 34, to delete "activities" and substitute "business or activities".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 2:
Section 13: In page 18, to delete lines 35 to 39 and substitute the following:
"(6) A bookmaker’s licence (including a bookmaker’s licence to which subsection (9) applies) shall, in respect of any year to which the licence relates, authorise that licensed bookmaker to accept bets by remote means (in addition to authorising the licensed bookmaker concerned to carry on the business of, and act as, a bookmaker), provided that the value of all such bets during the year concerned does not exceed the lower of the following:".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 3:
Section 13: In page 19, between lines 21 and 22, to insert the following:
" 'bookmaking operation' means the business or activities of a bookmaker;".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 4:
Section 13: In page 19, to delete lines 22 to 26 and substitute the following:
" 'licence final day' means, in relation to a bookmaker’s licence—
(a) the 30th day of November next falling after the year immediately following the year in which this section comes into operation, and
(b) the 30th day of November falling at the end of each period of 24 months following the licence final day immediately preceding the said period;".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 5:
Section 14: In page 21, to delete lines 18 to 23 and substitute the following:
" 'licence final day' means, in relation to a remote bookmaker’s licence—
(a) the 30th day of June next falling after the year immediately following the year in which this section comes into operation, and
(b) the 30th day of June falling at the end of each period of 24 months following the licence final day immediately preceding the said period;"
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 6:
Section 14: In page 23, to delete lines 13 to 18 and substitute the following:
" 'licence final day' means, in relation to a remote betting intermediary’s licence—
(a) the 30th day of June next falling after the year immediately following the year in which this section comes into operation, and
(b) the 30th day of June falling at the end of each period of 24 months following the licence final day immediately preceding the said period;".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 7:
Section 25: In page 33, to delete lines 17 to 27.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 8:
Section 29: In page 36, to delete lines 27 and 28 and substitute the following:
"(10) A person who fails to comply with a compliance notice by the specified date shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—
(a) on summary conviction, to a class A fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both, or
(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding €50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both.".
Seanad amendment agreed to.

Seanad amendments Nos. 9 to 13, inclusive, 15 and 16 are related. Amendments Nos. 9 and 15 form a composite proposal, while amendment No. 16 is consequential on amendment No. 15. They will all be discussed together.

Seanad amendment No. 9:
Section 34: In page 39, between lines 29 and 30, to insert the following:
"(2) Section 66 of the Finance Act 2002 is amended—
(a) in subsection (3), by the substitution of "relevant period" for "year" in each place that it occurs, and
(b) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (4):
"(4) In this section ‘relevant period’ means, in relation to a registration or renewal of registration of a premises in the register, the period from such registration to the registration final day within the meaning of section 12 (amended by section 35 of the Betting (Amendment) Act 2015) of the Betting Act 1931 next falling after the date of that registration or renewal of registration.".".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 10:
Section 34: In page 39, after line 39, to insert the following:
“(4) Section 78 of the Finance Act 2002 is amended, in subparagraph (i) of paragraph (b) of subsection (5), by the substitution of “the registration final day within the meaning of section 12 (amended by section 35 of the Betting (Amendment) Act 2015) of the Betting Act 1931 next falling” for “the 30th day of November next”.”.
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 11:
Section 35: In page 40, to delete lines 16 to 21 and substitute the following:
" "(2) Subject to sections 15 and 17 of this Act and section 78 (amended by section 77 of the Finance Act 2008) of the Finance Act 2002, a premises registered in the register of bookmaking offices shall continue to be so registered until the registration final day next falling after the date on which it was so registered.",".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 12:
Section 35: In page 40, between lines 21 and 22, to insert the following:
"(c) the substitution of the following subsection for subsection (3):
"(3) Subject to sections 15 and 17 of this Act and section 78 (amended by section 77 of the Finance Act 2008) of the Finance Act 2002, each renewal of the registration of a premises in the register of bookmaking offices shall take effect from the expiration of the registration or the last renewal of the registration, as the case may be, of the premises in that register, and the premises shall continue to be so registered until the registration final day next falling after such renewal.",".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 13:
Section 35: In page 40, to delete lines 24 to 30 and substitute the following:
" "(5) In this section ‘registration final day’ means, in relation to the registration of a premises in the register of bookmaking offices—
(a) the 30th day of November next falling after the year immediately following the year in which section 35 of the Betting (Amendment) Act 2015 comes into operation, and
(b) the 30th day of November falling at the end of each period of 24 months following the registration final day immediately preceding the said period.".".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 14:
Section 38: In page 41, between lines 8 and 9, to insert the following:
"Repeal of section 32 of Principal Act
38. Section 32 of the Principal Act is repealed.".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 15:
Section 39: In page 41, between lines 13 and 14, to insert the following:
"Amendment of section 54 of Finance (No. 2) Act 2013
39. Section 54 of the Finance (No. 2) Act 2013 is amended, in subsection (2), by—
(a) the deletion of clause (II) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (b), and
(b) the deletion of subparagraph (iii) of that paragraph.".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendment No. 16:
Section 39: In page 41, line 18, to delete "This Act" and substitute "This Act (other than section 39*)".
Seanad amendment agreed to.
Seanad amendments reported.
Sitting suspended at 10.55 a.m. and resumed at 11 a.m.