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Gambling: Licensing

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL214, tabled on 13 May 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in advance of any steps they intend to take following their review of the Gambling Act 2005, they will encourage the Gambling Commission to pursue urgently the development of new licence conditions which will require operators to conduct strict affordability checks before accepting bets.

Answered on

27 May 2021

Our Review of the Gambling Act 2005 was launched on 8 December 2020 with a wide-ranging Call for Evidence, including on issues around advertising, marketing and the relationship between sport and gambling. The department received c.16,000 submissions in response, which are currently being carefully considered. We aim to publish a white paper by the end of the year outlining our conclusions and policy proposals.

The Gambling Commission’s consultation and call for evidence on Remote Customer Interaction (including on issues to do with affordability) closed on 9 February and received over 13,000 responses. The Commission is reviewing that evidence and intends to publish an interim update on progress and to set out next steps in due course. The Commission’s consultation findings may inform its advice to the government for the Act Review.