Gambling: Internet

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 31st March 2017.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will introduce a limit for online gamblers that applies on all platforms.

Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to produce a strategy to better limit the maximum stakes for online gambling.

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

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising Act) 2014 brought offshore online gambling operators within scope of the Gambling Commission’s regulatory regime for the first time.

Since then, the Commission has introduced a number of additional licence conditions in relation to online. These new requirements include providing easily accessible facilities for consumers to impose their own limits, which can include limits on deposit, spend and losses, and over different time durations.

In addition, a new multi-operator online self-exclusion scheme, which will allow individuals to simultaneously self exclude from all online gambling sites, will be introduced by the industry later this year.

We keep the regulation of online gambling under review and will not hesitate to take action if it is needed to protect people from gambling-related harm.

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