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UK Resort Town Welcomes Gambling Report

7 April 2004

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by the BBC: "Council leaders in Blackpool have welcomed a parliamentary report into the future of Britain's gambling laws.

"The council is pinning its regeneration hopes on turning the town into a Las Vegas-style casino resort.

"The report on the draft Gambling Bill warns updating the law may lead to an increase in problem gambling.

"…The joint committee called for careful monitoring of its impact, and restrictions on the development of Vegas-style super-casinos.

"It says casino resorts should only be opened in areas of high unemployment.

"…'We are very pleased that the committee has recognised the importance of controlling the siting of the larger, resort-style casinos to ensure that they deliver regeneration benefits to areas most in need,' said Councillor [Roy] Fisher…"

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