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National Lottery: Retail Trade

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Rosie Cooper Rosie Cooper Labour, West Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will direct (a) his Department and (b) the National Lottery Commission to undertake an investigation into the rules governing (i) the siting of lottery terminals and (ii) the allocation of such terminals to supermarkets.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The selection of national lottery retailers is, rightly, a commercial matter for Camelot, as it is incentivised to place the terminals where they will generate the most sales and therefore revenue for good causes.

Camelot is required, through its licence to operate the national lottery, to apply clear and reasonable criteria when selecting retailers. The National Lottery Commission is assured that the criteria in place are reasonable and that Camelot has been applying those criteria in making decisions.

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