[Mr. David Wilshire in the Chair] — Online Gambling

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:55 am on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 9:55 am, 18th March 2009

Much as I share the hon. Gentleman's optimism about the public being properly served, is not the nub of the problem, which he mentioned implicitly, that governing bodies in too many of our sports are far too weak? Their concern is to keep the integrity of the game from being criticised by the press and to maintain the position of the big players, which are often the big financial interests in the sport concerned. During the football scandals of the 1960s, it was generally minor players in third and fourth division clubs who went down, although Peter Swan and Tony Kay were involved as well. Broadly speaking, the problem was seen as one involving small scandals at clubs such as Mansfield Town, not something that happened at premier clubs. In many ways, the general public are poorly served by the inadequate governing bodies of these sports. There has to be a different way forward.