MPs consider Lords amendments to the Gambling Bill

MPs consider Lords amendments to the Gambling Bill
26 March 2014

MPs debated amendments by the House of Lords to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill on Wednesday 26 March 2014.

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Summary of the Bill

The Bill makes provision about the licensing and advertising of gambling.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, it became possible, for the first time, to offer "remote gambling" from equipment based in Great Britain. The Act defines remote gambling as gambling where customers participate through the use of "remote communication" such as the internet, telephone, television, or radio.
The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would amend the 2005 Act so that all remote gambling operators would be required to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain.

Progress of the Bill

The Bill was introduced into the Commons on 9 May 2013 and had its second reading on 5 November 2013. Committee stage took place over four sittings from 12 November to 19 November 2013. MPs debated the remaining stages of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill in the House of Commons on 26 November 2013.

The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration. The Bill had its first reading in the Lords on 27 November 2013 and completed its third reading on 18 March 2014.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library Analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has prepared the following papers:

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

Watching proceedings from the public gallery

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