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Gambling: Young People

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how many people were prosecuted for the offence of inviting, causing or permitting a child or young person to gamble in each of the last five years. (240340)

I have been asked to reply.

The number of persons proceeded against in magistrates courts for certain offences for gambling in England and Wales, 2003 to 2007 can be viewed in the following table.

The relevant sections of the Gambling Act 2005 Sections 46, 47, 56 and 57 came into force on 1 September 2007.

Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, is unable to separately identify Sections 46 and 47 as they are grouped together.

These data are on the principal offence basis. The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Court proceedings data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.

Number of persons proceeded against in magistrates courts for certain offences relating to Gambling in England and Wales, 2003 to 20071, 2, 3, 4

Proceeded against

2003

2

2004

0

2005

0

2006

0

2007

3

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

3 Includes the following statutes and corresponding offence descriptions:

Gambling Act 2005 SS.46, 47, 48 & 62(1)(a)-(c ) & (2)

Inviting children and young persons to gamble; participation by young persons in gambling.

(People under 18 are not allowed to gamble)

Gambling Act 2005 SS.47 & 49 & 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to enter premises; young persons entering premises.

(Child and young person may not enter gambling premises)

Gambling Act 2005 S.56 & 62(1)(a)-( c) & 2, 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to participate in lottery: inviting, causing or permitting a child to take part in a lottery

Gambling Act 2005 S.57 & 62(1)(a)-( c) & 2, 62(1)(b)&(2)

Invitation to participate in football pools: inviting, causing or permitting a child to take part in football pools

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21(a).

Betting with young person.

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21 (b) and (c).

Employing young persons.

Betting Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, sec 21 (b) and (c).

Employing young persons.

Gaming Act, 1968 Sec 23 -6.

False statement for purpose of obtaining a certificate of approval under Section 19 of this Act or reinstatement of same after revocation by the board.

Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 Sec 13. and Schedules 1 and 2, Secs 14, 2, 3, 4.

Contravening lotteries Regs 1977. Local and Societies' lotteries contravene requirements of Secs 5 - 12. Prize competitions. General lottery offences. Small lotteries incidental to exempt entertainments. Private lotteries.

4 The relevant sections of the Gambling Act 2005 Sections 46, 47, 56 and 57 came into force on 1 September 2007.

Source:

OCJR - E & A: Office for Criminal Justice Reform - Evidence & Analysis Unit