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Racing issues not in Queen's Speech.

Any hope that Parliament would pay early

attention to the privatisation of the Tote and the replacement of the levy system disappeared yesterday, when neither was mentioned in the Queen's Speech.

Reaction was tempered by the realisation that neither was likely to be treated as a

priority in the Government's legislative

programme, and that omission from the Queen's Speech does not preclude legislation during the current Parliament.

Tristram Ricketts, the BHB's secretary-general, said: "We have long recognised that there is always strong competition for slots in crowded legislative programmes, so the absence of a Tote and Levy Bill, while very disappointing, comes as no real surprise.

"The absence of a firm timetable for enabling legislation will not halt progress towards the introduction of a commercial mechanism to

replace the statutory levy.

"As to the Tote, both racing and the Tote

itself share a common desire to get the legislation facilitating the sale to a racing trust

introduced at the earliest possible opportunity. We hope that the delay will be shortlived."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2001
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