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Responsibility in Gambling Trust

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has held with (a) the Responsibility in Gambling Trust and (b) members of the gambling industry on the industry’s performance in providing the level of resources recommended by the Budd Report to fund the Trust’s work; when these discussions took place; and if she will make a statement. (108975)

Ministers and officials have discussed this issue with both the Trust and industry representatives on a number of occasions.

We have set the industry a target of raising £3 million each year, for problem gambling treatment, education and public awareness and research, once the Gambling Act 2005 is fully implemented (from September 2007). The Act has powers to impose a statutory levy, if it is considered necessary.