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The Gambling Act 2005 (Inspection) (Provision of Information) Regulations 2007

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Gambling Act 2005 (Inspection) (Provision of Information) Regulations 2007 and shall come into force on 21st May 2007.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

the Act” means the Gambling Act 2005;

“appropriate recipient” means a person present at a premises at any time during an inspection, and who appears to the inspector to occupy the premises or to be responsible for their management;

“inspection” means the entry of an inspector into premises pursuant to a power conferred by Part 15, and the carrying out there of activities authorised under that Part;

“inspector” means a constable, enforcement officer or authorised person;

“interested person” in relation to an inspection means any of the following:

(a)

the Gambling Commission;

(b)

an appropriate recipient;

(c)

the holder of a relevant authorisation in relation to the premises;

(d)

where an inspection occurs pursuant to section 315 (which enables an inspector to enter premises in respect of which a temporary use notice has been given), the person who gave the temporary use notice;

(e)

a society registered with a local authority in accordance with Part 5 of Schedule 11 of the Act, where the premises are owned or used by that society at the time of the inspection;

(f)

a person who occupies the premises or is responsible for their management at the time of the inspection;

“relevant authorisation” in relation to the premises means a premises licence, a permit issued under the Act or an on-premises alcohol licence that has effect in relation to the premises at the time the inspection takes place;

(2) A reference in these Regulations to a numbered Part or section is a reference to that Part or section of the Act so numbered.

Evidence of identity

3.  Whilst an inspection is taking place, an inspector must ensure that a person who accompanies him pursuant to section 324 produces evidence of his identity to an appropriate recipient, or if there is no appropriate recipient, to a person who works at the premises and is there in his capacity as an employee.

Statement on entry

4.—(1) Where—

(a)an appropriate recipient is present at the premises at the start of an inspection, or

(b)such a recipient arrives at the premises during the inspection,

an inspector carrying out the inspection must communicate to the recipient the information set out in paragraph (2) (whether orally or in writing) as soon as reasonably practicable after the start of the inspection or the arrival of the recipient.

(2) The information is—

(a)that anyone who is an interested person in relation to the premises may, following the inspection, make a request in writing for the inspector to provide a written record of the inspection;

(b)the manner in which and the person to whom an interested person can make that request; and

(c)the persons, or categories of persons, who are interested persons in relation to those premises.

(3) Paragraph (1) does not apply where the information set out in paragraph (2) has already been communicated to an appropriate recipient during the inspection.

(4) If at no time during an inspection an appropriate recipient is present at the premises, an inspector must leave a written notice on the premises setting out—

(a)the fact that the premises have been inspected;

(b)the name of any inspector who carried out the inspection;

(c)the date of the inspection; and

(d)the information referred to in paragraph (2).

5.  If—

(a)an inspector questions a person on the premises under section 317(1)(b), and

(b)that person refuses to answer the question,

the inspector must orally inform the person that he is exercising a power to question under section 317(1)(b) and that it is an offence under section 326 if, without reasonable excuse, a person obstructs, or fails to cooperate with, an inspector who is exercising or seeking to exercise a power under or by virtue of Part 15.

Written record of inspection

6.—(1) If, following an inspection, an interested person makes a request in writing for a written record of the inspection, the inspector must, as soon as reasonably practicable after receipt of the request, supply the person with a written record including the information set out in paragraph (2).

(2) The information is, in relation to that inspection—

(a)the postal address of the premises;

(b)the name of the inspector who visited the premises and the name of any person accompanying him;

(c)the date and time when the inspector entered the premises;

(d)a description of the power that the inspector exercised to enter the premises, together with a reference to the relevant section of the Act;

(e)a record of any part of the premises, or any machine or other thing on the premises, that was inspected in exercise of the inspector’s power under section 317(1)(a);

(f)a record of any written or electronic record to which the inspector required access under section 317(1)(c);

(g)a description of any copies of written or electronic records that were supplied to the inspector in compliance with his request under section 317(1)(d), specifying the form in which they were supplied;

(h)a record of anything that was removed from the premises and the reasons for its removal;

(i)a record of whether any force was used for the purpose of entering the premises, by whom it was used and the reason why it was used;

(j)if force was used for the purpose of entering the premises, a record of what steps were taken in accordance with section 325, to ensure that when the inspector left the premises they were as secure as they were before he entered;

(k)a record of any damage caused during the inspection, and of the circumstances in which it was caused.

Richard Caborn

Minister of State

Department of Culture, Media and Sport

8th February 2007

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