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Quiz Shows

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to ensure that the rules relating to advertising or lotteries apply to competitions on television quiz shows which require premium-rate telephone calls to enter. (99196)

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) and the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) are responsible for the rules relating to advertising or lotteries on television which require premium rate calls to enter. Both ICSTIS and Ofcom are in the process of reviewing how they regulate this area to ensure effective consumer protection.

On 3 August the Gambling Commission consulted on the possible need for some Call TV Quiz Services to change how they are currently operated to ensure compliance with the new rules under the Gambling Act 2005 (which will come into force in September 2007). However, only the courts will be able to decide whether or not certain Call TV Quiz Services constitute lotteries under the new Act.