Gaming Machines

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to ensure that category B4 gaming machines are not placed in areas outside of locations permitted by the Gambling Commission; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many gaming machine permits for category B4 gaming machines have been revoked in each year since 2010 for breaching Gambling Commission requirements relating to permitted locations; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what policies and enforcement measures are in place to ensure that permit holders for category B4 gaming machines adhere to Gambling Commission requirements relating to permitted locations; and what resources his Department has allocated to licensing authorities for the enforcement of those requirements.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many category B4 gaming machine permit holders have been investigated in each year since 2010 for breaching Gambling Commission licensing requirements relating to permitted locations.

Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Labour, Garston and Halewood

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the risk to the public posed by breaches of Gambling Commission requirements relating to permitted locations by permit holders of category B4 gaming machines.

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

As specified in the Gambling Act 2005, B4 gaming machines can only be located in casinos, betting shops, tracks with pool betting, bingo halls, Adult Gaming Centres, members’ clubs, miners’ welfare clubs or commercial clubs. Most B4 machines are located in clubs. The Gambling Commission and relevant Local Authority are responsible for issuing the necessary licences and permits. The Gambling Act 2005 also specifies the circumstances in which local authorities can revoke licences: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/19/schedule/13.

Local Authorities are responsible for compliance and enforcement measures of B4 machines located in clubs, which is financed from the income the licensing authority receives by way of premises and permit fees.

All forms of illegality in gambling are taken seriously as the inherent risk is that the protections afforded by legally sited and properly supervised machines are not present. The Gambling Commission will continue to work with and support licensing authorities in addressing such issues. Any evidence for illegally sited B4 gaming machines should be reported immediately to the relevant Local Authority.

Neither the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport nor the Gambling Commission hold figures on the number of investigations or revoked licences for B4 gaming machines.

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