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Gambling: Taxation

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total receipts from betting and gaming duties were in 2005-06; and what his Department’s forecasts are for total gaming duty receipts in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; (133997)

(2) what his Department’s forecasts are for total remote gaming duty receipts in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08;

(3) what proportion of forecast total gaming duty receipts are expected to be accounted for by remote gaming duty in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the effect on Exchequer revenues of the introduction of a remote gaming duty of 15 per cent., broken down by (a) internet, (b) telephone and (c) interactive television gambling; and if he will make a statement. (134170)

Revenues from gambling taxes are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting, Gaming and Lottery Duties Bulletin, available at:

http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bullbett

Revenue estimates of the Budget changes to gambling taxation were published in the 2007 Financial Statement and Budget Report.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the tax burden on (a) bookmakers, (b) bingo clubs and (c) casinos; and what his policy is on the harmonisation of gaming tax across different forms of gaming. (134484)

Revenues from gambling taxes are published in the HM Revenue and Customs Betting, Gaming and Lottery Duties Bulletin, available at http://www.uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bullbett. Bookmakers, bingo clubs and casinos are also subject to the usual taxes imposed on business.

The Government take all relevant factors into consideration when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for the gambling taxes.