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Clause 4 - Offence of advertising unlicensed remote gambling: Northern Ireland

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 19th November 2013.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The clause introduces a new offence of advertising unlicensed remote gambling in Northern Ireland. It applies only to Northern Ireland. The new offence prohibits remote gambling operators from advertising remote gambling in Northern Ireland unless the operator has a remote gambling licence from the Gambling Commission.

Gambling is a devolved matter. However, Northern Ireland law does not regulate the advertising of remote gambling; it is regulated by section 331 of the Gambling Act 2005. On the repeal of that section, there would therefore be no prohibition on the advertising of remote gambling in Northern Ireland, so the new offence will close the gap and bring Northern Ireland back in line with Great Britain on the advertising of unlawful remote gambling. It puts in place the same protection that applies in respect of British consumers. The Northern Ireland Assembly passed a legislative consent motion agreeing to the new offence on 17 June 2013. I commend the clause to the Committee.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

I have nothing to add to what the Minister has said. The clause is perfectly acceptable—and inevitable, as we want consistent licensing regulation throughout Great Britain. We accept the clause.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 4 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.