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Gambling Commission: Manpower

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many employees the Gambling Commission has; and how many employees the Gaming Board for Great Britain had in 2004. (295191)

[holding answer 26 October 2009]: As at 21 October 2009, the Gambling Commission employed 221 employees. In 2004, the Gaming Board for Great Britain employed an average of 76 employees.

The two figures are not directly comparable. The Gambling Act 2005 gave the new Gambling Commission a wider range of statutory functions than the Gaming Board. These include, for example, responsibilities in respect of the betting industry and remote gambling. It also has wider powers concerning the conduct of criminal investigations and as a prosecuting authority.