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Finance Act 1966

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17(1)Where a person who is granted a gaming licence or gaming machine licence in respect of any premises has before 1st October 1966 entered into an agreement with any other person whereby that other person is entitled to use those premises after that date for the purpose of gaming or, as the case may be, whereby the first-mentioned person provides a gaming machine to be made available by that other person for play on those premises after that date, and the consideration from that other person under that agreement does not take account of the duty on that licence, the first-mentioned person shall be entitled to recover from that other person such amount, if any, not exceeding the amount of the duty, in such manner, as may be agreed between them (or, in default of such agreement, as may be determined by the appropriate court) to be fair in all the circumstances, having regard in particular to the extent, if any, to which, while the licence is in force, the premises will be or are likely to be used otherwise than by that person for the purpose of gaming or, as the case may be, to the period for which, under the agreement, the first-mentioned person is to provide a gaming machine as aforesaid on those premises.

(2)In the foregoing sub-paragraph, the expression " the appropriate court" means—

(a)where the premises in question are situated in England or Wales and the amount of the duty on the licence in question exceeds £5,000, the High Court;

(b)in any other case, the county court or, if the premises in question are situated in Scotland, the sheriff.

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