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Evidence session: Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Gambling Bill

28 January 2013

Tuesday 29 January 2013
Committee Room 15

In 2009 the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and the Gambling Commission conducted a joint review of remote gambling regulation. The review proposed that overseas gambling operators should be required to obtain a Gambling Commission licence in order to transact with, or advertise to, British-based consumers

A consultation period took place between March and June 2010. The consultation received 38 responses and proposed a more stream-lined white listing process for non-EEA jurisdictions. The draft Bill, published in December 2012, is intended to implement the proposals.

In its July 2012 report into the operation of the legislation relating to gambling, The Gambling Act 2005: A Bet Worth taking?,  the CMS Committee came to a number of conclusions about the position of the remote gambling industry. In particular, it was concerned about the movement of the UK remote industry offshore from the point of view of both consumer protection and an equitable approach to taxation of all gambling operators, online and offline, UK-based and offshore.

In this first evidence session, the Committee will have the opportunity to question the Remote Gambling Association, CARE and the Sports Betting Group about licensing and consumer protection and concerns about the effectiveness and proportionality of the provisions in the draft Bill.

Witnesses:

At 10.30 am
• Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive, Remote Gambling Association
• Sue Rossiter, Director of Projects and Policy, Remote Gambling Association
• Wes Himes, European Advisor, Remote Gambling Association and Managing Director, Policy Action Ltd

At 11.15 am

• Tim Lamb, Sports Betting Group and Chief Executive Officer, Sport and Recreation Alliance
• Paul Scotney, British Horseracing Authority, and Sports Betting Group
• Simon Barker, Professional Footballers' Association and Professional Players Federation, and Sports Betting Group
• Lauri Moyle, Gambling Policy Consultant, CARE

Further information:

About Parliament: Select Committees
Visiting Parliament: Watch Committee

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