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Review of Stakes and Prizes

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th March 2017.

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Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Government announced a review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures, which will cover fixed odds betting terminals, on 24 October, and we expect to publish our findings in the spring.

Photo of Patricia Gibson Patricia Gibson Scottish National Party, North Ayrshire and Arran

Will the Minister reassure the House that firm action will be taken against fixed odds betting terminals—the so-called crack cocaine of gambling? In my constituency of North Ayrshire and Arran and the neighbouring one, there are 135 of these machines, on which a vulnerable player can lose £100 in a mere 20 seconds. Will the Government protect the vulnerable by capping the machines’ maximum gambling stake at £2?

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

This is all part of the review. The hon. Lady does not have long to wait to find out what we will recommend in that review.