The current estimate is that 0.6 per cent. of the adult population in Great Britain are problem gamblers. This figure is drawn from the last national prevalence study published in 2000. The Gambling Commission is currently conducting a further prevalence study.
My Department has had discussions with the Gambling Commission about all aspects of the design, conduct and management of the prevalence study.
The sample size to be used in the prevalence study to be conducted this summer will be 10,000, which is greater than that used in the 1999 study. The sample size to be used in future prevalence studies has yet to be decided.
My Department is in the process of tendering for a scoping study to establish the best means of identifying, measuring and assessing the social and economic impacts of the 17 new casinos that are being permitted under the Gambling Act 2005. The study is scheduled to be completed in the autumn and will be published once the Department has had the opportunity to consider it.