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Gambling

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of people being treated for gambling addiction. (273288)

The Department does not centrally collate statistics on the number of people being treated for gambling addiction at any one time.

In 2008 the Responsibility in Gambling Trust (RIGT) estimated that of the 0.6 per cent. of the adult population categorised as problem gamblers, 0.5 per cent. were accessing treatment from RIGT funded treatment providers, on an annual basis.

The Gambling Commission is currently considering whether to include specific questions on the awareness of treatment services in the next British Gambling Prevalence Survey which will be published in 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of online gambling companies based overseas which operate in the UK which (a) contribute and (b) do not contribute to funding of problem gambling services; and if he will make a statement. (273653)

[holding answer 8 May 2009]: My Department does not collect statistics on the number of overseas based operators contributing to the funding of problem gambling services in the UK.

However, we are aware that some operators based in Alderney, Gibraltar and Malta contributed on a voluntary basis to the Responsibility in Gambling Trust last year.

Additionally, a number of companies licensed for premises-based operations in the UK contribute significantly towards research, education and treatment of problem gambling in the UK and have remote gambling operations that are based in European Union or white listed jurisdictions.