McConnell undecided on casino bid

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First Minister Jack McConnell has refused to endorse Glasgow's bid to host the UK's only super-casino.

The city is competing against six others across the country and the Casino Advisory Panel has heard arguments for and against.

Mr McConnell said the Scottish Executive's position on the matter will be announced later this year.

He said the executive had concerns about the "social implications" when the proposal first came forward.

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He said: "Clearly we need to assess the positive and negative impacts of such a development.

"Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen has made a recommendation to cabinet on the position that we should submit to the review and he will be announcing that soon."

He declined to indicate whether the executive was in favour of or against the proposal until Mr Stephen made his formal announcement on the issue.