Gambling Machines

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 13th February 2013.

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Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk 11:30 am, 13th February 2013

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Ministers in the Scottish Government on the level of gambling machine usage in Scotland.

Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

I am not sure whether to thank the Minister for that very unhelpful answer. Fixed-odds gambling terminals—[Interruption.]

Photo of Michael Connarty Michael Connarty Labour, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I will take cheers from anywhere.

Fixed-odds gambling terminals have sucked up £122 million in profits in the betting shops in Scotland. They are called the crack cocaine of the gambling industry. Is it not time for the Secretary of State to join me in lobbying to have the gambling prevalence survey reinstated, considering how much addictive gambling there is in Scotland and other parts of the UK?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland

I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman on the reintroduction of the prevalence survey, but I commend the Daily Record and the hon. Gentleman for highlighting issues relating to problem gambling. He may be aware that the Government are currently conducting a consultation on the links between problem gambling and B2 machines. I urge him,

Daily Record readers and everyone with an interest in this matter to contribute to that consultation.