A House of Commons non-legislative debate – opened by Ronnie Cowan MP – was held in Westminster Hall on 19 March 2019. You can download below:
- the transcript of the debate
- a House of Commons Library report on gambling-related harm published in advance of the debate
During the debate, Carolyn Harris, Chair of the Gambling-Related Harm APPG, said:
The first priority of our APPG will be to look at the harms caused by the growth of online gambling. According to recent reports on British gambling behaviour, the prevalence of problem gambling among those who gamble online — at the casino, the slots and the bingo-style games — is very similar to its prevalence among those who play FOBTs. Currently, there are close to 3 million problem and at-risk gamblers in the UK, and 10% of them play online casino, slots and bingo.
At the conclusion of the debate, Gambling Minister Mims Davies responded on behalf of the Government, concluding with the words:
I am glad that recognition of gambling-related harm has increased, as we have seen today. It is a serious issue and a lot of work is being done by a range of bodies, and it is important that we acknowledge their good will and commitment as well as recognising where we need to go further. Strong protections are in place and they are being further strengthened, but we continue to gather knowledge and evidence of harm. I look forward to working with the House, updating hon. Members and working with business on this area to ensure that only responsible practices and actions remain.