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Birmingham Watchdog Oversee UK Gambling Industry

25 January 2005

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the icBirmingham: "Controversial reforms of the gambling industry are to be overseen by a new watchdog based in Birmingham, Ministers announced yesterday.

"The city has been named as the preferred location for the Gambling Commission, which will regulate commercial gambling across the UK.

"The decision to choose a location outside London follows a review of Government agencies by Sir Michael Lyons, former chief executive of Birmingham City Council.

"…The commission will be created by the Government's Gambling Bill, which will liberalise the gambling industry.

"Controversial measures in the Bill include allowing customers to enter casinos without waiting to become members.

"The commission will replace the existing regulator, the Gaming Board for Great Britain…"

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