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National Lottery: Licensing

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 26995, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to publish a timescale for the renewal of the National Lottery licence.

Answered on

16 March 2020

The current National Lottery licence expires in 2023, and the Gambling Commission remains on track to appoint an operator to take on the new licence from this date. The competition is expected to commence in the first half of 2020, with the successful applicant being announced in 2021.

The Gambling Commission is providing regular updates on progress with the competition on the 4NLC website at