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Gambling: Internet

Volume 498: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps he is taking to restrict access to online gambling sites which do not meet the regulatory requirements applied to gambling establishments located in UK premises; (295234)

(2) what steps he is taking to ensure that online gambling sites available in the UK operate under the same regulatory regime as gambling establishments located in UK premises.

Online gambling websites licensed by the Gambling Commission are subject to the regulatory requirements set out in the Gambling Act, its secondary legislation and the Gambling Commission's Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP).

Gambling entitlements, such as the types of products offered and stake and prize levels, differ between those permitted in premises-based establishments and those offered via remote means, just as gambling entitlements differ between different types of premises.

I have no plans at the current time to limit the products offered by online gambling operators so that they mirror those offered on the high street. However, the Department is currently exploring ways to ensure that online gambling sites licensed outside of Great Britain offer the same levels of consumer protection that are afforded to UK consumers as a result of the Gambling Act, to help ensure greater fairness between British businesses and their overseas counterparts.