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UK Set To Reconvene Gambling Inquiry

The United Kingdom's Culture, Media, and Sport Committee fifth gambling inquiry is set to reconvene today in Westminster, London.

The inquiry, which was announced in May has the goal of investigating the effectiveness and operation of the Gambling Act of 2005. During the last session on November 8th, heard several industry experts testify about the impact of the Act.

Today's session will hear testimony from The Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs, the Evangelical Alliance, The Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, CARE, GamCare, the National Center for Social Research, as well as a gambling specialist from the University of Birmingham.

Topics up for discussion include:

  • How effective the Act has been in its core objectives to:

  • ensure that gambling is maintained crime-free and conducted in an open and fair manner,

  • protect children and vulnerable people from the adverse effects of gambling,

  • update the legislative framework with regards to online gambling;

  • the financial impact of the Act on the UK gambling industry;

  • the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission since its establishment, and whether it represents good value for money;

  • the impact of the proliferation of off-shore online gambling operators on the UK gambling sector and what effect the Act has had on this;

  • why the Act has not resulted in any new licences for casinos or “super” casinos;

  • the effectiveness of the classification and regulation of gaming machines under the Act;

  • what impact the Act has had on levels of problem gambling.

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