Gambling supremo lobbied Blair.THE head of the world's biggest slot machine company visited Downing Street Downing Street, Westminster, London, England. On the street are the British Foreign Office and, at No. 10, the residence of the first lord of the Treasury, who is usually (although not necessarily) the prime minister of Great Britain. earlier this year to lobby for the relaxation of gambling laws, it emerged yesterday.
Thomas Baker, the chairman of International Game Technology (IGT IGT impaired glucose tolerance. ), held talks with officials at Number 10 in March.
The billion-dollar company is the world leader in slot machine design. Based in Nevada it controls 70% of the American market and could make hundreds of millions of pounds from changes to the law in Britain.
News of the meeting has emerged days after the Government announced plans for a major liberalisation of gambling.
Downing Street refused to confirm the meeting took place. A spokesman said the Government had held discussions with groups from both sides of the debate.
But the company did confirm the meeting. Connie Fox, IGT's public relations public relations, activities and policies used to create public interest in a person, idea, product, institution, or business establishment. By its nature, public relations is devoted to serving particular interests by presenting them to the public in the most manager, said: ``I don't know exactly what was on the agenda for the meeting, but I would assume it was about relaxing the gambling laws. ''