Gambling: Licensing

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th February 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Gambling Commission remote-operating licences are held by gambling websites based outside of the UK; and in which jurisdictions such websites are located.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many Gambling Commission remote-operating licences are held by gambling websites based in the UK.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Gambling Commission does not require operators to specify a jurisdiction as their principal location. Gambling operators that transact with consumers in Britain can operate from multiple locations and may have remote gambling equipment located in more than one jurisdiction. Operators are required to report to the Commission where their equipment is based.

At 1st January 2017 there were 283 operators that held Gambling Commission remote-operating licences. Of these, 79 have remote gambling equipment based in GB only. 59 have no remote gambling equipment in GB. And 145 have equipment in both GB and elsewhere.

Excluding Britain there were 31 jurisdictions where remote gambling equipment was located.

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