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Gaming Machines

Treasury written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate the Government has made of the costs to the public purse arising from the harm caused by fixed-odds betting terminals in each of the last three years.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Department decided not to implement the reduction on category B2 machines until April 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with bookmakers on the implementation period for reducing the stake on B2 machines.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with machine manufacturers on the implementation period for reducing the stake on B2 gaming machines.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue accrued to the public purse from category B2 machines in each of the last three financial years; and what estimate his Department has made of the sum that will accrue to the public purse from such machines in 2018-19.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the revenue that will accrue to the public purse from category B2 machines between July 2018 and April 2020.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has undertaken a comparative assessment of the levels of remote gaming duty in other European countries; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The Government does not have information on revenue from category B2 machines, information on machine gaming duty receipts can be found on UK Trade Info and the latest forecasts of future revenue were published by the OBR at Spring Statement 2018.

Detailed information is not available to quantify costs to the public purse from use of B2 machines.

DCMS plan to engage with the gambling industry to ensure it is given sufficient time to implement the technological changes and restructure its business model accordingly.

HM Treasury keeps all taxes under review, and international comparison is part of that process.

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