Gambling Legislation - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 9th December 2020.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Bishop 12:29 pm, 9th December 2020

My Lords, I am disappointed that significant parts of this statement read as if they were written by the gambling industry. They pointedly ignore the facts with which we began the Select Committee report: there are nearly 400,000 problem gamblers, plus 60,000 teenage gamblers, materially affecting the lives of 2 million people. Just last night, I spent an hour with yet another family who had lost their 25 year-old son to gambling. As most of the recommendations in the Select Committee report do not require legislation, why will Her Majesty’s Government not implement them now to save lives? Why will they not make this a public health issue?