Rank Group Chief Executive visits Andover Mecca Bingo Club
10 Aug 2007
Ian Burke Linda Mitchell & GY
Ian Burke Linda Mitchell & GY
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The Chief Executive of the Rank Group, Ian Burke, came to Andover to meet the local MP and enlist his support for changes to the way bingo is taxed.

Sir George was invited by the Andover Manager, Linda Mitchell, to meet some of the 6213 members affiliated to the local Club and to discuss parliamentary tactics with the Chief Executive.

"For some of the members I spoke to, playing Bingo once or twice a week was their prinicpal leisure activity and they get a lot of fun out of it. They meet their friends in congenial surroundings, have a flutter of between £5 and £10, and get the occasional excitement of a win."

"However, Ian tells me that there is a shadow over the industry in the form of the double taxation it pays. They have had to close a number of branches earlier this year, and don't want to close any more. In a nutshell, the industry pays two lots of taxes - Gross Profit Tax, and VAT. But gambling in a betting shop or at a roulette wheel only carries one lot of tax. Bingo wants a level playing field."

Sir George said he would be happy to take part in a debate about the tax when Parliament resumed.

After the discussions, Sir George did a spot of calling.
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