Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Emma Lewell-Buck Emma Lewell-Buck Labour, South Shields

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gambling operators (a) were investigated and (b) received warnings or punitive action as a result of breaching self-exclusion agreements in each year since 2009.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

To date, no operators have received formal regulatory sanctions as a result of self-exclusion agreements being breached. However, as part of the Commission's ongoing compliance work, it regularly engages with licensed operators on this issue and has worked with them, on particular cases, to improve effectiveness. The Gambling Commission requirements are that operators have effective procedures for self-exclusion as part of their licence conditions and that they, take all reasonable steps, to refuse service or otherwise prevent an individual, who has entered a self-exclusion agreement, from participating in gambling.

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