The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) is set to conduct an inquiry into government's approach to gambling regulation, as the long awaited gambling review white-paper still remains to be seen.
The committee has said that it will investigate the progress the government has made in addressing the issues raised by parliament, how to ensure regulation can keep up with innovations in online gambling and the links between gambling, broadcasting and sport.
DCMS committee member Julie Elliott MP said:"Gambling acts as an enjoyable pastime for large numbers of players, but regulation is struggling to keep pace with the rapidly changing way in which it happens today. This puts people at risk of the devastating harm it can sometimes cause to lives. The DCMS committee’s inquiry will look at the scale of gambling-related harm in the UK, what the government should do about it and how a regulatory regime can best adapt to new forms of online gambling, based both in and outside the UK."
The DCMS is inviting written evidence on the following questions by 5pm on Friday, 10 February:
- What is the scale of gambling-related harm in the UK?
- What should the key priorities be in the gambling White Paper?
- How broadly should the term, ‘gambling’, be drawn?
- Is it possible for a regulator to stay abreast of innovation in the online sphere?
- What additional problems arise when online gambling companies are based outside of UK jurisdiction?
The Betting and Gaming Council welcomed the DCMS inquiry stating it was “a further opportunity for the regulated industry to show our continued commitment to raising standards in safer gambling and to demonstrating our support for the UK economy”.
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