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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th February 2008.

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Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Labour, Islwyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to ensure that the gambling industry promotes responsible gambling in the last five years.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

The Gambling Act 2005 places the protection of children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling as one of the principal objectives of gambling regulation for the first time. The Act also establishes a powerful new regulator, the Gambling Commission, responsible for ensuring UK gambling operators are meeting the Government's licensing objectives.

All gambling operators must comply with tough social responsibility measures or risk losing their licence. These measures include procedures to prevent under-age gambling, procedures for self-exclusion, information about how to access help in relation to problem gambling, and a commitment to contribute to research, education and treatment of problem gambling. However if there is evidence that the objectives of the Act are not being met, the Government have wide-ranging powers to introduce further regulations and restrictions.

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