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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st April 2016.

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Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 12:00 am, 21st April 2016

This is an important matter. It is already a requirement on all gambling licence holders to make an annual financial contribution to one or more organisations that perform research into the prevention and treatment of gambling-related harm. The vast majority choose to make that contribution to the Responsible Gambling Trust, which raised £6.5 million from the British-based gambling industry in 2014-15. I entirely agree that we need research into this matter, and we must take decisions based on the evidence.