09 Dec 1999 Pre-2014 Releases

The British Horseracing Board today welcomed the Government’s announcement of a wide-ranging review of gambling legislation.
BHB Chief Executive, Tristram Ricketts, said:

“”Racing has been calling for an independent review for some time and the Home Secretary’s decision is therefore to be welcomed.
“”Much of Britain’s gambling legislation is out of date, and the Government is right to recognise that social attitudes have changed and that the law is rapidly being overtaken by technological developments.
“”The BHB has always acknowledged that reforming the structure of horserace betting in Britain will require legislative change.
“”Extending off-course betting to customers in pubs and clubs – thereby challenging the betting industry’s current off-course monopoly – is one of the key issues we shall be looking to the Review Body to explore.
“”The need to protect racing from the threat of criminal activity and corruption, highlighted in Tuesday’s speech by the Senior Steward of the Jockey Club, should also be high on the agenda.
“”We look forward to hearing the precise scope of the review and its detailed terms of reference in due course.””