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

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Photo of Iain McKenzie Iain McKenzie Labour, Inverclyde

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps is she taking to tackle problem gambling; and if she will make a statement.

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

All commercial gambling in Great Britain is subject to extensive regulatory controls, based on the three statutory objectives of keeping crime out of gambling, making sure it is fair and open and protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited. All licensed gambling operators are required to put in place effective policies and procedures to achieve these objectives. While we recognise that gambling problems can have a very serious impact on individuals, their friends and families and their communities, our system of gambling regulation has contributed to a relatively low rate of problem gambling in the adult population of around 0.9%. Nevertheless, we will continue to bring pressure to bear on the gambling industry to ensure the right balance is struck between the need to protect the vulnerable and the position of gambling as a mainstream leisure activity.

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