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Gambling: Licensing

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of companies in the UK gaming industry had applied for Operator Licences under the Gambling Act 2005 as at 31 March 2007. (132798)

It is estimated that there are between 3,500 and 4,000 gambling operators in Great Britain. The number of operators who had applied to the Gambling Commission for operating licences by 31 March 2007 was 259, or 6-7 per cent. At 20 April it had received 758 applications which is estimated to be 19-22 per cent. of all operators.

However, of the approximate number of operators who are encouraged to apply by 27 April in order to secure continuation rights, the Gambling Commission had received applications from 11 per cent. by 31 March and 32 per cent. by 20 April.