224 Functions of Gambling Commission

(1)

The Gambling Commission’s functions are to—

(a)

consider and decide whether to grant applications for casino operators’ licences:

(b)

consider and decide whether to grant applications for the renewal of casino venue licences:

(c)

consider and decide applications by the Secretary for orders to suspend or cancel a casino licence:

(d)

consider and decide whether to approve—

(i)

a mortgage, charge, or encumbrance of a casino licence; and

(ii)

the proposed transferee or alienee (and persons with a significant influence) of a casino licence resulting from the enforcement of a mortgage, charge, or encumbrance over a casino licence:

(e)

consider and decide whether to grant applications for the approval of—

(i)

casino venue agreements; and

(ii)

amendments to casino venue agreements:

(f)

specify the conditions for inclusion in casino licences or vary or revoke the conditions of casino licences:

(g)

consider and decide appeals against decisions of the Secretary to specify, vary, or revoke, or to refuse to specify, vary, or revoke, the minimum operating standards included in a casino licence:

(h)

consider and decide appeals on—

(i)

unsuccessful applications for a licensed promoter’s licence; and

(ii)

a decision by the Secretary to cancel, suspend, or refuse to renew a licensed promoter’s licence; and

(iii)

a decision by the Secretary to amend or revoke a condition of, or add a new condition to, a licensed promoter’s licence:

(i)

consider and decide appeals on—

(i)

unsuccessful applications for a class 3 operator’s licence, class 4 operator’s licence, or class 4 venue licence; and

(ii)

a decision by the Secretary to cancel or suspend or refuse to renew or amend a class 3 operator’s licence, class 4 operator’s licence, or class 4 venue licence; and

(iii)

a decision by the Secretary to amend or revoke a condition of, or add a new condition to, a class 3 operator’s licence, class 4 operator’s licence, or class 4 venue licence:

(j)

consider and decide appeals on—

(i)

a decision by the Secretary not to grant a certificate of approval; and

(ii)

a decision by the Secretary to suspend or cancel a certificate of approval:

(k)

consider and decide appeals under section 150:

(l)

consider and decide applications for temporary authority to operate a casino under section 187:

(m)

deal with matters under section 156:

(n)

consider and deal with complaints under section 81:

(o)

facilitate a meeting and advise the responsible Ministers on the proposed problem gambling levy in accordance with the process established under sections 317 to 325:

(p)

advise the Minister on matters relating to the performance of its functions or the administration of this Act, either at the Minister’s request or on its own initiative:

(q)

exercise any other functions that are given to the Gambling Commission by this Act or by another enactment.

(2)

The Gambling Commission must make decisions independently of the Minister and the Secretary.