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 online gambling websites located outside the UK and without a Gambling Commission remote-operating licence were sent letters reminding them of the legal position on licensing in the UK between the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 coming into force and 31 December 2016.

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

Between 1 November 2014 and 31 December 2016, the Gambling Commission wrote to approximately 144 unlicensed remote gambling operators to remind them of the legal position on licensing in Great Britain and to require them to immediately cease their activities in Great Britain or obtain a licence to operate.

Where websites are identified that are offering facilities for gambling to customers in Britain without the appropriate licence the Commission will take action to ensure compliance with the licensing regime.

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