|UK minister responsible for gambling Tessa Jowell published the first set of draft clauses of the new Gambling Bill on 15 July, allowing for the creation of a Gambling Commission and detailing the commission’s duties.|
Commenting on the proposals, Jowell said: 'British gambling has a worldwide reputation for integrity but changes in society and in technology mean the current laws are out-of-date and no longer do the job they were intended to. The law needs to be modernised.'
She continued: 'Gambling is a diverse, vibrant and innovative industry and a popular leisure activity enjoyed in many forms by millions of people in Britain today. This leisure environment is also a source of employment and wealth for many towns and cities. The Bill aims to ensure that the public can enjoy that choice to the full and with confidence.'
Minister for Gambling, Andrew McIntosh, said: 'This first package of draft clauses will create a new regulator for the industry. The Gambling Commission will have wider functions, greater flexibility to act and stronger enforcement powers than the existing Gaming Board for Great Britain that it will replace. The Commission will be a powerful yet flexible regulator to guide the gambling industry into the 21st Century.'
The full draft Gambling Bill will be published later this year and include the new licensing regimes for each sector of the industry. It will then be assessed by both Houses of Parliament and be introduced as soon as parliamentary time permits. Details: www.culture.gov.uk