Local authorities should be able to decide whether or not they want a casino in their area, MPs have said.
In a report released today the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee recommended that councils should have much more power over gambling and betting venues.
"Our general approach in this report has been to support liberalisation of rules and delegation of decisions to those most knowledgeable about their likely impacts, local authorities, while keeping national controls to the minimum commensurate with protection of the vulnerable, in particular children," the committee said in its report into the 2005 Gambling Act.
The MPs call on the Government to decide if it wants to be "a pro-active sponsor of, or simply to tolerate, the UK gambling industry".
The committee also said the opportunity to establish one or more Regional Casinos in the UK has passed and, without a change in the political and economic climate, is unlikely to reoccur.
On under-age gambling, the MPs expressed concern about the amount of children accessing gaming machines in betting shops.
"We recommend that the Gambling Commission continue to monitor the ability of children to access gambling premises through regular test-purchasing schemes rather than handing the responsibility to monitor and enforce age-restrictions to the gambling industry. The Gambling Commission, working with local authorities, should also take swift enforcement action where an operator fails."
The "clustering" of betting shops in some high streets that has resulted from the 2005 Act should also be dealt with by more powers for local councils.
The MPs called on DCMS to develop a public information campaign outside of gambling premises to highlight sources of help for problem gamblers and their relatives.
"The Government should also make an assessment of the ability of existing support and advice centres to deal with any significant resulting rise in demand. If a significant increase is expected then the industry should fund, out of the existing voluntary levy, increased provision of advice and support by these existing centres."