Gambling: Addictions

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd October 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on what date the Gambling Commission advised her Department of its opinion that Public Health England’s cost estimates associated with harmful gambling were unreliable.

Photo of Damian Collins Damian Collins Chair, Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee), Chair, Draft Online Safety Bill (Joint Committee), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

DCMS officials have regular discussions with the Gambling Commission on a range of issues relating to gambling regulation and the evidence on gambling. The Commission has given the Department no formal advice or notification relating to the cost estimates in Public Health England’s evidence review on gambling related harm.

Protecting people from gambling harms remains a priority for the government and the Gambling Commission, and we will be led by the best evidence to ensure the right protections are in place.

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