Suicide: Gambling

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 7 January 2021.

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Photo of The Bishop of St Albans The Bishop of St Albans Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry, published on 8 December, how they intend to record gambling related suicides.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

As detailed in the Government’s response to the Committee’s Report, we have no plans to separately identify gambling-related suicides as, amongst other things, coroners do not usually provide what might be understood as the ‘reason’ for a suicide in their verdicts, which would seriously compromise the reliability and, therefore, the validity of any resulting data.

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