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Gambling: Misuse

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the effects of problem gambling; what estimate she has made of the numbers of problem gamblers; and what reports her Department has produced on problem gambling. (128169)

The current estimate is that 0.6 per cent. of the adult population of Great Britain are problem gamblers. This figure is drawn from ‘Gambling Behaviour in Britain: Results from the British Gambling Prevalence Study’ (National Centre for Social Research, June 2000).

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