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Gaming Machines

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many self-exclusions have been (a) in operation and (b) breached in relation to gaming machines in each of the last five years. (301769)

The requirement for licensed gambling operators to put into effect procedures for self-exclusion was introduced in September 2007 by the Gambling Commission. Figures on self-exclusion were published for the first time in the Commission's Industry Statistics for 2008-09. These are available at

www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk

and can be seen in the following table.

Prior to the Gambling Act 2005 coming into force, self-exclusion arrangements were put in place on a voluntary basis by gambling operators and no central data were collected on their use.

Number of exclusions recorded by operators1

Adult gaming centres

Family entertainment centres

Self-exclusions

2,254

201

Known breaches of self-exclusion

132

9

Number of individuals who cancelled their self-exclusion after minimum exclusion period

513

67

1 The numbers of people who have self-excluded and the numbers of people who have cancelled their self-exclusion may be lower than these figures as individuals may have self-excluded from more than one venue and thus been counted more than once. The number of breaches represents the numbers of separate incidents, rather than the number of individuals.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many gaming machines of each category have been located in (a) betting shops, (b) bingo halls, (c) family entertainment centres, (d) adult gaming centres and (e) pubs, clubs and other social venues in each of the last five years. (301829)

Prior to September 2007, the Gaming Board for Great Britain issued certificates to those who sold and maintained gaming machines. Local authorities issued permits for arcades, family entertainment centres and other premises that had amusement with prizes (AWP) machines; and magistrates issued permits for clubs, pubs and other premises with alcohol licence permitting consumption on the premises. The Gaming Board did not formally collect statistical data about the number of machines. In 2003, using industry data, it estimated that there were 255,000 gaming machines lawfully in operation in Great Britain.

Since 1 September 2007, under the Gambling Act the provision of gaming machines has been regulated by the Gambling Commission. The table, using figures supplied by the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA), shows the approximate number of each categorised machine and their typical locations for each year since March 2008.

Category

Typical location1

Approximate2 number of machines at March 2008

Approximate2 number of machines at March 2009

A

Regional casino only

0

0

B1

Casino

2,000

2,500

B2

Betting shop

27,000

27,500

B3

Bingo halls and Adult Gaming Centres (AGCs)

12,000

11,800

B4

Registered clubs

17,000

15,000

C

Pubs, AGCs and Family Entertainment Centres (FECs)

131,000

121,000

D

AGCs and FECs

72,000

71,000

1 A full list of permitted locations is available on the Gambling Commission’s website (http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/)

2 Numbers are the British Amusement Catering Trade Association’s estimates