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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what studies have been undertaken by her Department regarding a link between liberalised gambling laws and addictiveness; and if she could place copies in the Library. [114779]

We have not carried out such studies ourselves, but are aware of and have taken into account the available research evidence on problem gambling. This evidence was listed in the bibliographies to the reports of the Gambling Review Body (Cm 5206, a copy of which is already in the Library) and of consultants appointed by the Gambling Industry Charitable Trust (which was published earlier this month and is available on the Trust's website at