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Gambling

Volume 486: debated on Monday 19 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent steps the Government has taken to support businesses within the gambling industry. (248316)

The Government have taken a number of recent steps to support businesses within the gambling industry. We have proposed to increase from four to eight the number of category B3 gaming machines which bingo clubs may offer. We have also proposed to double the maximum proceeds for individual society lottery draws to £4 million (which would allow for a £400,000 maximum prize per draw). In addition, the Government announced on 22 December 2008 its revised proposals in respect of increased stakes and prizes for certain category C and D gaming machines.

We have introduced all of the above measures in response to the difficult trading conditions the industry has been experiencing. In doing so, we have balanced the needs of the gambling industry with the licensing objectives of the Gambling Act 2005, in particular the protection of children and vulnerable adults.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when he will announce decisions following the consultation on the Gambling Act (Variations of Monetary Limits for Gaming Machines) Order 2008. (248699)

The consultation on the Gambling Act (Variations of Monetary Limits for Gaming Machines) Order 2008 closes on 19 January 2009. A decision will be announced shortly after this date.