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Sports: Betting

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings his Department has had with representatives from sporting national governing bodies on betting in sport in the last three years; and on what dates these meetings took place. (158830)

[holding answer 17 October 2007]: I met national sports governing bodies primarily to discuss betting on sports on the following dates:

27 February 2007—Premier League

29 March 2007—England and Wales Cricket Board

20 April 2007—Professional Footballers Association

There were round table meetings between my Department and the governing bodies of five sports (football, cricket, rugby union, rugby league and tennis) on 18 April 2006, 6 November 2006 and 15 June 2007, at which the issue of betting on sport was also raised.

In addition, there have been numerous meetings between Ministers or officials of my Department and sports where sports betting was one item on a larger agenda.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings his Department has had with representatives of the betting industry on betting in sport in the last three years; and on what dates such meetings took place. (158831)

[holding answer 17 October 2007]: I met the chief executive of Ladbrokes to discuss sports betting on 28 March 2007, and met representatives of the Association of British Bookmakers for the same reason on 13 June 2007.

In addition, there have been numerous meetings between Ministers or officials of my Department and betting organisations where sports betting was one item on a larger agenda.