New Clause 14 — Self-exclusion for remote gambling

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 3:04 pm on 26th November 2013.

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Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 3:04 pm, 26th November 2013

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

I begin by thanking all those from across the House and outside who have taken part in the debates on the Bill. In particular, I thank the Chairmen of the Committee, my hon. Friend Mr Bone and Hywel Williams.

The Bill has its origins in the previous Administration’s review of the remote gambling regulatory framework. I thank Mr Sutcliffe in particular for his contribution during the Bill’s progress. I thank the Culture, Media and Sport Committee for its thoughtful and thorough pre-legislative scrutiny, which was key in helping to strengthen the Bill.

I believe I am right in saying that the Bill enjoys support from across the House, although some believe that it does not go far enough. Several issues have been debated at various stages, including today, and several new clauses have been tabled. I have explained as carefully as I can the reasons we have chosen not to accept them. Although the Government have not accepted any amendments on these matters, as we do not believe the Bill is the right vehicle for such changes, we have noted the concern on these matters and hope to make progress on them through a non-legislative avenue.

The Bill is a prudential measure which will provide greater protection for consumers based in Great Britain. It will tighten current legislation to ensure that all remote gambling, whether provided in Britain or overseas, is a licensed activity, subject to the Gambling Commission’s standards and controls. I commend the Bill to the House.