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Gambling: Credit Cards

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with banks and other financial institutions which issue credit cards on the use of such cards in gambling; if he will bring forward proposals restricting the use of credit cards for gambling; and if he will make a statement. (159481)

The Government are committed to ensuring there are proper controls and safeguards on the use of credit cards for gambling, particularly for those most at risk.

Under the Gambling Act 2005, credit cards cannot be used to pay for gambling offered by casino or bingo operators or be used to play gaming machines. The Act contains powers for the Gambling Commission and the Secretary of State to take steps to further regulate gambling and credit through licence conditions (sections 81 and 177), if the need arises.

Where credit cards are permitted, under the commission’s licence conditions and codes of practice, gambling operating licence holders have to comply with robust social responsibility requirements including conditions on the provision of credit by operators and the use of credit cards.

DCMS Ministers have not had any discussions with banks and other financial institutions on the use of credit cards in gambling. However, the Gambling Commission keeps such matters under review as part of its functions.