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Gambling Act 2005

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 26 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since 1 September 2007 the Gambling Commission has been asked to consider a potential offence under section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005; and what action it has taken in each instance. (188376)

Since 1 September 2007, 22 cases have been considered where the offence of cheating (section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005) at gambling may have some relevance to a greater or lesser degree. In all 22 cases the Commission is continuing its inquiries and considering what, if any, further action is necessary. Nine of the cases have been reported by the industry under conditions of their operating licences and 13, the majority of which mainly concern cheating by junior casino staff when they visit another casino, are likely to be dealt with by the application of the Commission's regulatory sanctions under the 2005 Act.