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Gambling: Regulation

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many inspections have been carried out by the Gambling Commission in each year since the development of the annual visit programme; (252804)

(2) how many follow-up visits have been made by the Gambling Commission in each year since the development of the annual visit programme;

(3) how many (a) warnings have been issued and (b) licences revoked under the Gambling Commission’s compliance process in each year; and what the (i) reason for the action taken and (ii) type of operation was in each case;

(4) how many compliance officers the Gambling Commission employs;

(5) how many visits made by Gambling Commission compliance officers under the compliance process to each type of operator were (a) programmed, (b) advisory, (c) complaint, (d) revisit, (e) survey and (f) other in each year since the process began;

(6) how on many visits by Gambling Commission compliance officers to each type of operator evidence was found of (a) operational risk, (b) crime and disorder risk, (c) fair and open risk, (d) risk to children, (e) risk to other vulnerable people and (f) external risk in each year since the compliance process began.

The Gambling Commission has advised that it carried out a total of 5,545 visits and 620 follow-up visits between 1 September 2007, when the Gambling Act 2005 came into force, and 31 December 2008.

The Gambling Commission has advised that a list of revocations and formal warnings issued under the Compliance process, including the type of licence holder and details of the decision, is available on its website at:

http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/Client/mediadetail.asp?mediaid=477

The Gambling Commission has also advised that an additional 50 licensed operators have had their licence revoked following the non-payment of their annual licence fee.

The Gambling Commission has advised that it intends to publish details of its annual visit programme for 2008-09 in its next Annual Report.

The Gambling Commission currently employs 59 compliance managers.