Official Calls For Online Debate
By Staff
An official for the Channel Island of Guernsey is calling for a full debate on the future of e-gambling in the British Crown dependency in advance of passing any new rules governing the advertising of online gambling.

St Peter Port Deputy Barry Brehaut stated that he is worried that the online gaming industry may harm the island's reputation and wants all States Members to have a say on the matter.

Last year, non UK-based online gambling sites were banned from advertising in Great Britain but the Bailiwick of Guernsey, which includes the islands of Alderney and Guernsey, was exempted with these changes to the rules due to be debated by representatives of the islands’ parishes.

The Alderney Gambling Commission regulates the industry on behalf of the States and has awarded at least 36 companies a licence to operate online gambling services. Brehaut said there should be particular attention paid to not encouraging the young or vulnerable to gamble.

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