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Casinos: Regulation

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 128954, tabled on 14 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made on the effectiveness of casino regulation of anonymous ownership of those venues and their licenses.

Answered on

31 December 2020

All companies providing gambling facilities to consumers in Great Britain must be licensed by the Gambling Commission and comply with the conditions and codes of practice of their operating licences. These include a requirement for key personnel, such as those responsible for regulatory compliance or the management and direction of a licensee's business or affairs, to hold personal management licences from the Gambling Commission.

Anonymous ownership of casinos or any gambling businesses is not allowed or accepted by the Gambling Commission. All operators must be transparent about their corporate control and provide the Commission with information about those who run or have a significant interest in gambling businesses.

Where an operator provides insufficient information about its ownership, the Commission can and will take action, including suspending or revoking licences. This applies equally to changes of corporate control.