Redcar MP discusses Redcar Racecourse in House of Commons' gambling debate (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Redcar MP discusses Redcar Racecourse in House of Commons' gambling debate
A TEESSIDE MP has spoken in the House of Commons in support of Redcar Racecourse.
Ian Swales, Liberal Democrat MP for Redcar, asked questions of Maria Miller, the minister for Culture, Media and Sport during a debate on a forthcoming gambling bill.
Mr Swales argued that while the bill deals with offshore betting tax avoidance, it fails to deal with the avoidance of the horse-racing betting levy which is causing trouble for Redcar Racecourse.
Speaking after the debate, Mr Swales said: “While I welcome the proposed introduction of compulsory licenses for offshore gambling providers I cannot understand why the minister hasn’t taken this opportunity to deal with horserace betting levy avoidance. The Redcar Racecourse is not only a vital part of Redcar’s economy; it is at the heart of the community.
“The British horse racing industry relies heavily on the horserace betting levy which provides essential income for the sport.
"It’s great to see offshore gambling providers now having to comply with the same license regulations as providers in this country but they can still avoid the levy which threatens the future of the sport.
"It is about time we had a long-term, sustainable funding arrangement to support Redcar Racecourse and the rest of our vital horse racing industry”
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