Have your say on the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

06 November 2013

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

Aims of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

Remote gambling operators currently need a licence in Britain only if they have equipment located here. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would move the regulation of remote gambling to a 'point of consumption' basis so that all remote operators would need a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain.

The Government believes this will increase protection for British customers as well as enabling British-based operators to compete on an equal footing with other remote operators.

Follow the progress of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 9 May 2013. The second reading of the Bill took place on 5 November 2013, giving MPs the opportunity to debate the main principles of the Bill.

The Bill has now been sent to the Public Bill Committee, where detailed examination of the Bill will take place.

Deadline for written evidence submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 12 November 2013; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Tuesday 19 November 2013.

(When the Committee reports it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can report earlier than Tuesday 19 November 2013.)

Guidance on submitting written evidence

What should written evidence cover?

Your submission should address matters contained within the Bill and concentrate on issues where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware.

It is helpful if the submission includes a brief introduction about you or your organisation. The submission should not have been previously published or circulated elsewhere.

If you have any concerns about your submission, please contact the Scrutiny Unit (details below).

How should written evidence be submitted?

Your submission should be emailed to [email protected]. Please note that submissions sent to the Government department in charge of the Bill will not be treated as evidence to the Public Bill Committee.

Submissions should be in the form of a Word document. A summary should be provided. Paragraphs should be numbered, but there should be no page numbering.

Essential statistics or further details can be added as annexes, which should also be numbered. To make publication easier, please avoid the use of coloured graphs, complex diagrams or pictures.

As a guideline, submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.

Please include in the covering email the name, address, telephone number and email address of the person responsible for the submission. The submission should be dated.

What will happen to my evidence?

The written evidence will be circulated to all Committee Members to inform their consideration of the Bill.

Most submissions will also be published on the internet as soon as possible after the Committee has started sitting.

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about written evidence.

Scrutiny Unit contact details

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7219 8387
Fax: 020 7219 8381,
Address: Michelle Wenham
Senior Executive Officer
Scrutiny Unit, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA.

Further information

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