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Taxation: Gambling

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the likely effects on the Exchequer of the decisions by William Hill and Ladbrokes to relocate their betting operations from the UK to Gibraltar. (290758)

General betting duty is charged at 15 per cent. of the gross profit of UK bookmakers. Bookmakers’ profits include profits from "over the counter" placed bets and remotely taken Internet and telephone placed bets.

HMRC do not break down general betting duty receipts into these component parts, and cannot release taxpayer specific data while maintaining taxpayer confidentiality.