Into the conduct of gaming clubs

Lord Denning

in The Due Process of Law

Published in print January 1980 | ISBN: 9780406176080
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191705113 | DOI:
Into the conduct of gaming clubs

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By the Gaming Act 1968 all the gaming clubs had to have a licence and for this purpose they had to apply to the Gaming Board for a ‘certificate of consent’. That board was set up by Parliament to bring gaming clubs under control. By bitter experience it was learned that these clubs had a close connection with organised crime. If the Gaming Board were bound to disclose their sources of information, no one would ‘tell’ on those clubs, for fear of reprisals. Likewise with the details of the information, if the board were bound to disclose every detail, that might itself give the informer away and put him or her in peril. But, without disclosing every detail, the board ought in every case to be able to give to the applicant sufficient indication of the objections raised against him or her such as to enable that person to answer them.

Keywords: Gaming Act; Gaming Board; licence; certificate of consent; Parliament

Chapter.  1161 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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