The clause repeals section 331 which makes it an offence to advertise foreign gambling. The effect of the repeal is that operators based in European economic area states, Gibraltar or a white list jurisdiction will no longer be able to advertise remote gambling without a licence from the Gambling Commission. That is consistent with the purpose of the Bill, which is to ensure consistent regulation by the Gambling Commission wherever an operator is based. The clause also makes minor and technical amendments consequential on the repeal of section 331.
I understand that we need to repeal section 331 because it prepares for the licensing of operators who are not currently allowed to advertise in Great Britain. My question is similar to one that I asked about the previous clause: when will the white list come to an end? Will we have a period of dual licensing, during which the white list still exists and new operators are licensed by the Gambling Commission? I want to understand how that will function and how long it might last. Might it drag on? It could be chaotic if there is not a plan to ensure that there is an end date. Could there be any legal challenges that would delay the ending of the white list system before we can fully implement a new regulatory system? I think I have spoken long enough for a note to reach the Minister.