Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (230)

Niall Collins

Question:

230. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the monetary limits in respect of stake and payout set out in the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 will be amended by way of statutory instrument or other ministerial prerogative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10696/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am considering alterations to the maximum prize funds for lotteries coming within sections 27 and 28 of the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. Section 33 of the National Lottery Act 1986 sets out the procedure to be followed in the event of the alterations to those sections, i.e. they are to be made by Statutory Instrument.

Apart from the situation mentioned above, I have no plans to amend any other provision in the 1956 Act relating to stakes or prizes. However, I remind the Deputy of my intention, announced in September 2011, to introduce a comprehensive new Bill on gambling. The General Scheme of the new Bill is at an advanced stage of development in my Department and I expect to bring it to Government soon, for approval to have a Bill drafted. The new Bill will entail the repeal of existing legislation on gambling, including the 1956 Act, and its replacement by the new Bill.