Committee announces new inquiry into Gambling

17 May 2011

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is today launching a new inquiry into gambling, looking in particular at the implementation and operation of the Gambling Act 2005.

The Committee will be inviting written submissions and requesting views on the following issues:

  • How effective the Act has been in its core objectives to: ensure that gambling is maintained crime-free and conducted in an open and fair manner, protect children and vulnerable people from the adverse effects of gambling, and update the legislative framework with regards to online gambling;
  • the financial impact of the Act on the UK gambling industry;
  • the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission since its establishment, and whether it represents good value for money;
  • the impact of the proliferation of off-shore online gambling operators on the UK gambling sector and what effect the Act has had on this;
  • why the Act has not resulted in any new licences for casinos or "super" casinos;
  • the effectiveness of the classification and regulation of gaming machines under the Act;
  • what impact the Act has had on levels of problem gambling.

How to respond

The Committee is inviting written submissions on the above and other matters relevant to the inquiry. A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and should have ‘Gambling’ in the subject line. Submissions should be received by Thursday 30 June 2011.

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