Gambling: Internet

(asked on 26th June 2020) - View Source

Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether UK licensees operate remote gambling in grey or black market jurisdictions where gambling is prohibited.


Answered by
Nigel Huddleston Portrait
Nigel Huddleston
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
This question was answered on 6th July 2020

The Gambling Commission’s role is to license and regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain, advising the Government on matters relating to gambling and ensuring that operators abide by strict requirements intended to keep gambling fair and open and crime free and to protect children and vulnerable people.

Operators providing gambling facilities to customers in Great Britain must be licensed by the Commission and comply with the conditions of their operating licences. It expects them to obey the laws of all other jurisdictions in which they operate, and requires them to report any regulatory investigation or finding into their activities in any other jurisdiction. They must inform the Commission if they have a substantial customer base outside of Britain and state why they consider they are legally able to offer facilities to those customers.

Requiring the Commission to complete, publish and maintain a jurisdiction by jurisdiction legal analysis of a range of combinations of products and supply arrangements would require a significant expenditure of resource in an area which does not relate to its core responsibility to regulate gambling in Great Britain. The Commission considers it is for operators to satisfy themselves that they are acting in a lawful manner in other jurisdictions and if they are found not to be, it will re-assess their suitability to hold a licence to offer gambling services in Britain.

The Commission’s list of research, prevention and treatment organisations is intended to give clarity to operators on where they may direct funding to satisfy the licence condition requirement of an annual financial contribution. It requires organisations on the list to demonstrate suitable independent oversight, such as regulation by the Charity Commission, and to make a commitment to collaborate with other bodies in order to prioritise actions to reduce gambling harms.

In March 2020 the Commission amended its licence conditions and codes of practice to make it mandatory for operators to be integrated to GAMSTOP, the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme. The charity GambleAware has commissioned the first phase of a study to assess the impact of multi-operator self-exclusion schemes, including those for online gambling. This first phase is nearing publication and we will consider its findings carefully.

The Advisory Board for Safer Gambling’s Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms made a number of recommendations on gambling-related suicide, but these are within the remit of bodies other than the Commission. The Government is considering the report carefully.

This content was generated for your convenience by Parallel Parliament and does not form part of the official record.
Recent Documents related to Gambling: Internet

1. Gambling Commission: Innovation Plan
17/04/2017 - Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- View source

Found: Bradley Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Department for Culture Media and Sport Government

2. Connect Bidco / Inmarsat merger inquiry
29/10/2019 - Competition and Markets Authority
- View source

Found: 'js-enabled'); Skip to main content Tell us whether you accept cookies We use cookies to collect information

3. Racism in sport
17/05/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Number CDP-2019-0129, 21 May 2019 Racism in sport By John Woodhouse Bess Jap Sarah Pepin Summary

4. Proposals for Gambling Commission Fees from April 2017
21/12/2016 - Gambling Commission
- View source

Found: April 2017 July 2016 Department for Culture, Media and Sport Proposals for Gambling Commission fees

5. Proposals for Gambling Commission Fees from April 2017
21/12/2016 - Gambling Commission
- View source

Found: December 2016 Department for Culture, Media and Sport Proposals for Gambling Commission Fees

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Gambling: Internet

1. Horse Racing
23/09/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: the British horse racing industry. Racing is a sport that means so much to me, not only because I love - Speech Link
2: this wonderful sport, does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the implications of gambling should not be - Speech Link
3: industry while taking into account the impact of gambling-related harm, which the hon. Gentleman knows is - Speech Link

2. Review of the Gambling Act 2005
22/07/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: lead this Adjournment debate on the review of the Gambling Act 2005. I refer Members to my entry in the Register - Speech Link
2: must be taken into account during the upcoming gambling review, which provides a golden opportunity to - Speech Link
3: he agree that there is an issue with offshore gambling organisations, which are not illegal, and that - Speech Link

3. Queen’s Speech
18/05/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: practice; and how the United Kingdom will respond to digital and technological developments, including online - Speech Link
2: magistrate who sits in both adult and youth jurisdictions in London, I rarely see a victim in court, and - Speech Link

4. Gambling and Lotteries
14/12/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: pull our legal and regulatory framework into the digital age, so today, we are launching the first part - Speech Link
2: gambles each month and, for the majority of people, gambling is a fun and carefree leisure activity. It is - Speech Link
3: people and their families from gambling-related harm. We will look at whether we should introduce new protections - Speech Link

5. Digital Economy Bill
02/02/2017 - Lords Chamber

1: of the qualifying turnover. How will this power operate if the website which is not in compliance with - Speech Link
2: that he will quote chapter and verse on which jurisdictions in the world can be reached by these arrangements - Speech Link
3: work in all jurisdictions it should be removed. If it works in some foreign jurisdictions it is worth - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Gambling: Internet
1. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Remote Working
asked by: Margaret Ferrier
06/05/2020
... how many staff in his Department have formal arrangements to work from home during the covid-19 outbreak.

2. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
asked by: Tracy Brabin
14/01/2020
... (b) Cabinet colleagues and (c) recognised trades unions on the future of her Department since the December 2019 General Election.

3. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Social Media
asked by: Darren Jones
23/03/2021
... (b) 2019-20 and (c) 2020-21.

4. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Technology
asked by: Norman Lamb
05/11/2019
... who is responsible for digitisation in her Department; and what mechanisms the person with responsibility for digitisation uses to champion digitisation.

5. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Coronavirus
asked by: Liam Byrne
26/02/2021
... what (a) policies and (b) grant and funding programmes his Department has introduced to provide support to individuals and organisations in response to the covid-19 outbreak; and what funding has been allocated to each of those programmes in the 2020-21 financial year.

Latest Questions