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.