Gaming Machines

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential cost to the public purse of capping stakes on gaming machines in betting shops at (a) £50, (b) £30, (c) £10 and (d) £2.

Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what representations she has received on the potential number of betting shop jobs that would be lost in the event that stakes on gaming machines in betting shops are capped at (a) £50, (b) £30, (c) £10 and (d) £2.

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

We are currently undertaking a review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures, which includes a close look at stakes on gaming machines in betting shops. I will publish the findings in October. DCMS will publish a full impact assessment of any changes to stakes it will consider as part of the findings.

We also received representations from a number of organisations during the review, which provided evidence about the potential impact that a stake reduction on gaming machines in betting shops would have on closures.

Representations received as part of the call of evidence will be published alongside the review findings.

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