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National Lottery: Licensing

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 22182, tabled on 25 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what process his Department plans to put in place to ensure that lottery players are better protected as part of the Fourth National Lottery licence.

Answered on

1 July 2021

The Government and the Gambling Commission share statutory duties to ensure that the National Lottery is run with all due propriety and that the interests of players are protected.

The competition for the fourth National Lottery licence is being run by the Gambling Commission. The next licence will see changes to how the National Lottery is licensed and regulated. It has been designed by the Commission to enable the next licensee continually to develop and adapt its operations in a safe and responsible way, to meet the needs of players in 2023 and beyond.

The licensee will be held fully accountable for protecting players. Through the competition process, the successful applicant will have demonstrated high standards of player protection, including on prevention of underage or excessive play, and the Commission will hold them accountable for their commitments during the licence period. The Commission will retain strong enforcement powers and, where necessary, will not hesitate to use them.