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New UK Gambling Commission will be at 2005 Betting Show

Britain's new controlling body for gambling, the Gambling Commission is to be officially launched in October this year and is already planning to meet the industry at the next Betting Show, scheduled for 19 and 20 October at the Birmingham NEC Pavilion.

Its presence at the event will be close to home, as the new body will be located in the city of Birmingham.

In addition to a presence on the exhibition floor, the Gambling Commission will play an active role in the accompanying seminar.

Peter Dean, current chairman of the Gaming Board for Great Britain, will make one of his first public addresses as chairman of the Gambling Commission, describing the structure and objectives and explaining its new scope and regulatory approach in terms of licensing, codes of practice and the ongoing consultation process.

The transition team charged with managing the changeover from Gaming Board to Gambling Commission believe that this years Betting Show provides them with an ideal opportunity to widen the process of continuous dialogue with the betting industry, as decreed by Government when the Act was passed.

Spokesman Andrew Fraser explained: The Commission will begin regulating the betting industry in 2007 and it is our remit to listen and learn, as well as helping industry professionals understand and act upon the changes taking place. Having attended the Betting Show as visitors last year, we decided that it is an excellent forum at which to meet formally and informally with operators, and service providers.

Fraser added: Peter Dean will speak about the key issues facing the gambling industry and the Commission when he addresses the seminar audience, and we will be on hand on the exhibition floor for the duration of the show to meet and greet the industrys grass roots to offer our help and support on any regulatory issues they may have.

Further details on the Gambling Commission and the Gaming Board for Great Britain can be found at www.gamblingcommission.org.uk and www.gbgb.org.uk respectively.
 

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