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Lotteries: Regulation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the oral statement of 16 July 2019 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Official Report, column 718, on Lotteries Regulation, if she will publish the (a) scope and (b) timescales of (i) her Department’s consultation on the appropriate regulatory regime for society lotteries and (ii) the Gambling Commission’s consultation on the licensing framework for large society lotteries.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

New limits to the per draw sales, annual sales and maximum prize for society lotteries were announced on 16 July 2019. Affirmative secondary legislation is required to change the limits, and the Gambling Commission are also required to consult on changes to their Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP). The date for laying the statutory instrument has not yet been fixed. The Gambling Commission’s consultation will also cover measures to improve transparency of society lotteries, and is expected to run for 12 weeks. The changes are expected to come into force during 2020.

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