Conference at Palace Hotel, Buxton.
Alan Austin elected Chairman.
Mike Head (REHAB), former Head of Gambling at Home Office joins Exec. Committee.
Working Group on Gambling Bill formed comprising Chairman; Lord Mancroft; Vice-Chairman; Mike Head; Peter Jones.
Gambling Review Body under Sir Alan Budd set up to explore means of modernising the industry.
Conference again at Buxton.
Lord Morris among speakers.
Peter Jones elected Hon. Secretary.
Michael Edwardes-Evans, Alan Austin and Don Haigh-Ellery give evidence.
Gambling Review Body (Budd) Report published; generally favourable to society lotteries.
Conference at Cheltenham Park Hotel.
Last for Executive Officer Sue Brierley
Gaming Board Chairman Peter Dean speaks on the implications of the Gambling Review; John Greenway MP on a Parliamentary view.
President, VPs and Officers meet Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell to appeal for relaxation of society lottery limits.
Council representative invited to join Gambling Industry Liaison Group monthly meetings as consultation leading to a gambling Bill.
Culture Minister of State increases lottery limits to £2 ticket price; single lottery gross to £2M; annual turnover £10M.
Peter Pike MP agrees to become VP.
Conference held at Lea Marston Hotel, Sutton Coldfield.
First for Executive Officer Judith Horner
Speakers include Sir Alan Budd; Richard Caborn, Minister of State, DCMS; and John Greenway MP who was to chair the Joint Committee on the Draft Gambling Bill.
Draft Bill released in November; some clauses would outlaw members' lotteries if enacted.
First of many Conferences at the Abbey Hotel, Redditch
John Greenway MP reports on Draft Gambling Bill.
Alan Austin and Mike Head give evidence to the Joint Committee with Peter Jones in support.
Answered questions on competition from the NL and from prize competitions.
From this point on, the work of the working group and members of the Executive Committee (later Board of Directors) evolved into a succession of consultations, submissions and meetings with Home Office (later DCMS) staff, Gaming Board (later Gambling Commission), and appearances before Government committees all with the object of protecting members' lottery fundraising through legislative changes. Besides The Gambling Act, subjects included The National Lottery, ticketless and frequent draw lotteries, and lottery-like prize competitions.
The Gambling Commission continues to consult regularly on lottery-related issues, the Council continuing to defend members' interests under the stewardship of Clive Mollett who was elected Chairman in 2007.
The Lotteries Council was reconstituted as a company limited by guarantee in February.
Work in progress...
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