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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 179072, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has undertaken an assessment of the potential effect on (a) the gambling industry and (b) gamblers of that industry taking a self-regulatory approach to gambling addition.

Answered on

21 April 2021

No such assessment has been made. The gambling industry is currently regulated by the Gambling Commission, established under the Gambling Act 2005. The role of the Gambling Commission is to permit gambling in so far as it is consistent with the licensing objectives of keeping gambling fair and crime free and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by it.

We are working closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in their comprehensive review of the Gambling Act 2005, ensuring the regulatory framework is fit for purpose and protects children and vulnerable people from gambling-related harms.