Gaming Machines

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Christine Jardine Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of requiring tracked play on gambling machines to reduce the level of problem gambling.

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

The Government published its response to the consultation on proposed changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures on 17 May 2018. The response can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-changes-to-gaming-machines-and-social-responsibility-measures

As part of the consultation, the Government has assessed the findings referenced in the Gambling Commission’s response to the consultation (which can be viewed at the link above) for tracked play as a harm reduction tool, in conjunction with other options. The Government has asked the Gambling Commission to work with industry to improve player control measures, including exploring in more detail the costs and benefits of tracked play, not just on B2 gaming machines, but also on B1 and B3 machines in other premises.

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