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Gambling: Internet

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will refer the matter of the establishment of a sports right for online betting operators to the new expert panel on sports betting. (280145)

The expert panel on sports betting will be established very soon and I will announce the chair and members shortly. The panel’s terms of reference will examine all practical measures to further the overall objective of reducing the risk of corruption in British sport and will include a number of areas that I want them to focus on specifically. It is up to the chair, in discussion with the panel members, to decide on the other areas to examine.

I have also been clear that the issue of integrity should not necessarily be linked to any proposed sports right. Therefore I have not referred this for the panel’s consideration at this stage.