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Lords Correction – Gambling Machines

Statement made on 19 November 2021

Statement UIN HLWS392


On the second day of Committee of the Armed Forces Bill on the 2nd of November, I stated

The noble Lord, Lord Foster, asked a specific question about gambling machines on bases. I asked the officials if there was any more information on that. I am informed that direction has been given by the Army for them to be removed from bases but this process is not yet complete.

And in a written question from The Rt Rev. The Lord Bishop of St Albans (HL3314) that I answered on 4th of November I stated:

As indicated at the committee on the Armed Forces Bill on 2 November 2021, direction has been given by the Army for any gambling/ gaming machines on their bases to be removed.

This information was incorrect, and the actual position is:

Queens Regulations for each Service state that all forms of gambling and bookmaking (or acting as an agent for a bookmaker) are forbidden in units, however exemptions to this can be agreed by the Commanding Officer of a unit.

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Ministry of Defence