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Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the prevalence studies on problem gambling relating to (a) bingo, (b) betting shops and (c) casinos. (95722)

The latest data available about the levels of problem gambling in Britain are drawn from the last national prevalence survey, published in 2000. They do not permit definitive conclusions to be drawn for particular gambling activities, but have been used in conjunction with other data to assess relative risks.

The Gambling Commission is conducting a further prevalence study and will report in September 2007.