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Bookmaking (Licensed Offices) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

1998 No. 190


Bookmaking (Licensed Offices) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998


19th May 1998

Coming into operation

22nd June 1998

The Department of Health and Social Services, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by Article 32(1) and (12) of the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985(1) and of all other powers enabling it in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Bookmaking (Licensed Offices) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 22nd June 1998.

(2) In these Regulations—

“the 1987 Regulations” means the Bookmaking (Licensed Offices) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987(2).

Notices in licensed offices

2.  In regulation 2(2) of the 1987 Regulations the words “, but not in such a place that the notice exhibited can be read from outside that office,” shall be omitted.

Restrictions on advertisements

3.  In regulation 3(c) of the 1987 Regulations the words “or which consists of, or includes, any moving display or moving image” shall be omitted.

Advertisements permitted

4.  In regulation 4(2) of the 1987 Regulations—

(a)the word “and” in sub-paragraph (b) shall be omitted;

(b)the following sub-paragraphs shall be inserted after sub-paragraph (c)—

(d)text indicating the facilities afforded to persons resorting to the licensed office concerned;

(e)text indicating the range of bets available in the licensed office concerned; and

(f)text providing information relating to any event in connection with which betting transactions may be or have been effected in the licensed office concerned, including information as to the odds available on any particular event.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health and Social Services on


Jeremy Harbison

Under Secretary

19th May 1998.

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations.)

These Regulations amend the Bookmaking (Licensed Offices) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987 in relation to advertisements which may be published outside a licensed bookmaking office and the display of notices inside such an office.

The Regulations remove the restriction on the positioning of statutory notices which set out the bookmaker’s terms of trade, allowing them to be visible from outside the premises.

The Regulations also extend the range of matters in respect of which text may be included in an advertisement and remove the prohibition on advertisements which consist of, or include, moving displays or moving images.

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