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Regulation 3

SCHEDULEAmendments to enactments relating to the Horserace Betting Levy

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Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963

1.  The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963(1), as it has effect by virtue of the Gambling Act 2005 (Horserace Betting Levy) Order 2007, is amended as follows.

2.—(1) Section 24 (Horserace Betting Levy Board) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for the words following “bookmakers” substitute “and betting exchange providers”.

(3) For subsection (2)(d) substitute—

(d)one member appointed by the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association, acting jointly.

(4) After subsection (2) insert—

(2A) If the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association fail to appoint a member under subsection (2)(d) within a reasonable time, the appointment may be made by the chairman of the Levy Board.

(5) After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) Any person appointed to be a member of the Board under subsection (2)(d) may be removed from the Board at any time by the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association, acting jointly.

(6) In subsection (4)—

(a)omit “or the Bookmakers’ Committee”; and

(b)omit “or (d), as the case may be,”.

(7) After subsection (4) insert—

(4A) The Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association, acting jointly, may from time to time appoint a person to act in the place of such a person appointed to be a member of the Levy Board as is mentioned in subsection (2)(d) at any meeting of the Levy Board at which that member is unable to be present, and while so acting any such person shall be deemed for the purposes of any act or proceeding of the Levy Board to be a member of that Board.

3.  Omit section 26 (bookmakers’ committee).

4.—(1) Section 27 (bookmakers’ levy schemes) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a)after “bookmakers” insert “and betting exchange providers”, and

(b)for the words following “in accordance with” substitute “this section”.

(3) After that subsection insert—

(1A) The levy is charged at the rate of 10% of the amount by which a person’s profits for a levy period exceed the exempt amount (see section 27D).

(1B) The person’s profits for a levy period are the sum of—

(a)the person’s profits as a bookmaker on leviable bets for the period (see section 27A), and

(b)the commission charged by the person as a betting exchange provider on leviable bets during the period (see section 27C).

(1C) The persons by whom the levy is payable include those bookmakers and betting exchange providers who are required to hold remote operating licences.

(1D) In subsection (1C) “remote operating licence” has the same meaning as in the Gambling Act 2005 (see section 67 of that Act).

(4) Omit subsections (2) to (4).

(5) For the heading substitute “The levy”.

5.  After section 27 insert—

Profits as a bookmaker

27A.  A bookmaker’s profits on leviable bets for a levy period are—

where—

  • SM is the aggregate of the stake money falling due to the bookmaker in the levy period on leviable bets;

  • OA is aggregate of any other amounts accruing to the bookmaker in the levy period in connection with leviable bets;

  • W is the aggregate of any winnings paid by the bookmaker in the levy period in respect of leviable bets (irrespective of when the bets were made or determined).

Stake money

27B.(1) For the purposes of section 27A the stake money on a leviable bet is the aggregate of the amounts which fall due in respect of the bet.

(2) If the stake money falls due to a person other than the bookmaker with whom the bet is made, it is to be treated as falling due to the bookmaker.

(3) Where the bet is not a spread bet and the sum which the person who makes the bet will lose if unsuccessful is known when the bet is made, that sum is to be treated as falling due when the bet is made (irrespective of when it is actually paid or required to be paid).

(4) Where the person who makes the bet does so in pursuance of an offer which waives all or part of the amount which the person would have been required to pay to make the bet, the person is to be treated as being due to pay that amount—

(a)to the bookmaker with whom the bet is made, and

(b)at the time when the bet is made.

(5) But subsection (4) does not apply to the extent that—

(a)the amount in question was won on a leviable bet made in pursuance of a previous offer which waived all or part of the amount which the person would have been required to pay to make the bet, and

(b)the person was not entitled to use the amount otherwise than for the purpose of making a further leviable bet.

(6) In this section “spread bet” means a bet that constitutes a contract the making or accepting of which is a regulated activity within the meaning of section 22 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Betting exchange commission

27C.(1) This section applies where one person makes a leviable bet with another person using facilities provided in the course of a business by a third person (“the betting exchange provider”).

(2) Any amount that any party to the bet is charged, whether by deduction from winnings or otherwise, for using those facilities is commission on the bet for the purposes of section 27(1B)(b).

(3) If the amount is charged by a person other than the betting exchange provider, it is to be treated for those purposes as charged by the betting exchange provider.

The exempt amount

27D.(1) This section applies for the purpose of calculating the exempt amount for a levy period.

(2) Subsections (3) and (4) apply in relation to—

(a)a person who, at any time in the levy period, is a parent undertaking of one or more other undertakings, and

(b)those other undertakings.

(3) The undertakings are entitled to a single exempt amount of £500,000 between them for the levy period.

(4) The undertakings—

(a)may allocate the exempt amount between them as they think fit, and

(b)must notify the Levy Board in writing of any such allocation, and of any alterations to the allocation.

(5) In any other case, a person’s exempt amount for the levy period is £500,000.

(6) In this section “undertaking” and “parent undertaking” have the meanings given by the Companies Act 2006 (see sections 1161 and 1162 of that Act).

Power to obtain information

27E.(1) The Levy Board may by notice in writing require any person who appears to them to be liable to pay the levy under section 27 to provide them with information reasonably required by them for the purpose of assessing the person’s liability under that section.

(2) The information must be provided in such manner and form, and within such reasonable period, as may be specified in the notice.

(3) Failure to comply with a requirement under this section does not affect a person’s liability under section 27.

6.—(1) Section 28 (assessment of or exemption from levy) is amended as follows.

(2) Before subsection (5) insert—

(4A) As soon as practicable after the end of a levy period, the Levy Board must serve an assessment notice on every person they have assessed as liable to pay the levy under section 27 for that period.

(4B) The assessment notice must state—

(a)the amount that the Levy Board have assessed that the person is liable to pay,

(b)the basis on which that amount has been calculated, and

(c)when and how the amount must be paid.

(3) In subsection (5), for “issued by the Levy Board in the case of any bookmaker” substitute “served on any person by the Levy Board”.

(4) In subsection (6)—

(a)omit “or grant the appellant a certificate of exemption from the levy, according to the tribunal’s opinion as to the category in which he falls,”,

(b)in paragraph (a), omit “or grant the appellant a certificate of exemption”, and

(c)omit “as to the category into which the appellant falls for the purposes of the levy for the levy period in question”.

(5) In subsection (7), for “bookmaker” (in both places) substitute “person”.

(6) In subsection (8), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(7) In subsection (9), for “bookmaker” (in both places) substitute “person”.

(8) Omit subsection (10).

(9) In the heading, omit “or exemption from bookmakers’”.

7.  After section 28 insert—

Prohibition on disclosure of information

28A.(1) This section applies where a relevant officer discloses to any other person in such a manner as to identify a person—

(a)any declaration by, or assessment on, the person for the purposes of the levy under section 27, or

(b)any other information concerning the person obtained under section 27E or 28.

(2) The relevant officer commits an offence unless the disclosure is made—

(a)for the purposes of section 28 or of a report of any proceedings before an appeal tribunal under that section, or

(b)for the purposes of, or of a report of—

(i)proceedings for the recovery from the person of any amount due under section 28 by way of the levy, or

(ii)any criminal proceedings.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(4) In this section—

“appeal tribunal” means a tribunal established in pursuance of section 29, and

“relevant officer” means a member, officer or servant of—

(a)

the Levy Board, or

(b)

an appeal tribunal.

8.—(1) Section 29 (Levy Appeal Tribunals) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (6), for “bookmaker” (in each place) substitute “person”.

(3) In subsection (7), for “bookmaker” (in each place) substitute “person”.

9.  After section 29 insert—

Meaning of “leviable bet”

29A.(1) In this Part “leviable bet” means a bet that—

(a)relates to horse racing in Great Britain, and

(b)is made (whether in person or remotely) by a person who is in Great Britain when the bet is made.

(2) The following are not “horse racing” for the purposes of subsection (1)(a)—

(a)point to point racing;

(b)harness racing;

(c)trotting events.

Meaning of other terms

29B.  In this Part—

“bet” does not include any bet made or stake hazarded in the course of, or incidentally to, any gaming;

“betting exchange provider” has the meaning given by section 27C(1);

“bookmaker” means a person who carries on the business of—

(a)

receiving or negotiating bets, or

(b)

conducting pool betting operations;

and in paragraph (b), “pool betting” has the same meaning as in the Gambling Act 2005 (see section 12 of that Act);

“levy period” means the period—

(a)

beginning with the day after that on which the Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017 come into force and ending with 31 March 2018, and

(b)

each subsequent period of 12 months beginning with 1 April;

“winnings” means winnings of any kind, and references to the payment of and deduction from winnings are to be read accordingly.

10.  Omit section 30 (contributions by successor company).

Horserace Betting Levy Act 1969

11.  The Horserace Betting Levy Act 1969(2) is amended as follows.

12.  Omit sections 1 and 2 (determination of scheme and assessment of bookmakers).

13.—(1) Section 3 (Levy Board’s costs on appeal) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a)omit “of individual bookmakers”, and

(b)for “bookmaker” (in both places) substitute “person”.

(3) In subsection (2), for “bookmaker” (in both places) substitute “person”.

(4) In the heading, omit “by bookmaker”.

14.  Omit sections 4 to 6 (miscellaneous provisions about the levy and the Levy Board).

15.  In section 7(2) (interpretation), for the words following “1963; and” substitute ““Levy Board” has the same meaning as in that Act”.

Horserace Betting Levy Act 1981

16.  The Horserace Betting Levy Act 1981(3) is amended as follows.

17.  For section 1 substitute—

Payments on account of levy

1.(1) The Levy Board may require a person who appears to them to be liable to pay the levy under section 27 of the Act of 1963 to make payments on account in advance of assessment to the levy.

(2) The power under subsection (1) is to be exercised by serving on the person a notice of determination stating—

(a)the amounts that the person must pay,

(b)when and how the payments are to be made, and

(c)the basis on which the amount to be paid has been determined.

(3) The Levy Board may at any time withdraw or amend a notice of determination.

(4) The powers of the Levy Board under this section may be exercised only by the Government-appointed members of the Board.

(5) In this section “Government-appointed”, with reference to members of the Levy Board, means appointed for the time being by the Secretary of State.

18.—(1) Section 2 (appeals) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)—

(a)for “bookmaker” substitute “person”, and

(b)for “in accordance with the scheme” substitute “appropriate, having regard to the person’s likely liability under section 27 of the Act of 1963”.

(3) In subsection (3)—

(a)for “bookmaker” substitute “person”,

(b)for “is payable on” substitute “should be paid on”, and

(c)omit “in accordance with the scheme”.

19.—(1) Section 3 (relief from payments) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(3) In subsection (2), for “the Bookmakers’ Committee and such other” substitute “such”.

(4) In subsection (3), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(5) In subsection (4), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(6) In subsection (5), omit “in accordance with the scheme”.

(7) In subsection (6), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(8) In subsection (7), for “bookmaker” substitute “person”.

(9) In subsection (8), for “1(8)” substitute “1(5)”.

20.—(1) Section 4 (supplementary provisions) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (1)(b), for “bookmaker” substitute “person on whom the notice is served”.

(3) In subsection (2), for “bookmaker” (in each place) substitute “person”.

(4) In subsection (3)—

(a)for “bookmaker” (in each place) substitute “person”, and

(b)omit paragraph (b)(ii) (including the “or” at the end).

(5) In subsection (4), omit “, the Bookmakers’ Committee”.

(6) In subsection (5), for “bookmaker” (in both places) substitute “person”.

21.  In section 5(2) (interpretation), for the words following “Act 1969;” substitute—

(a)“the Levy Board” has the same meaning as in the Act of 1963;

(b)“levy period” has the same meaning as in Part 1 of the Act of 1963.

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