Gambling Act Committee reconvenes


The Culture, Media and Sport Committee reconvened yesterday to explore the effectiveness of the implementation and operation of the Gambling Act of 2005.

Interested stakeholders and others are asked to voice their opinions on the subject. Included in the discussions were the topics such as the effectiveness of the act in achievement of its core objectives.

Those main goals were to ensure that gambling remains a crime-free zone, conducted in an open and fair manner, the protection of  children and vulnerable categories of people from the adverse effects of gambling and to keep updating the legislative framework with online gambling provisions. The discussions at the inquiry also touched on the financial impact of the Act on the UK gambling industry and the real effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.

Additional testimony will be heard from organizations such as the Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs (QAAD), the Evangelical Alliance, The Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, CARE, GamCare, the National Centre for Social Research and even a gambling specialist from the University of Birmingham.
 All this is in sharp contrast with the last inquiry which heard from high profile firms involved with the gambling industry in the U.K.

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