Yet more Gambling Commission consultations and guidance issued

United Kingdom

This article was produced by Olswang LLP, which joined with CMS on 1 May 2017.

Since our previous update of 16 January 2007, a number of consultations and guidance papers have been published by both the DCMS and the Gambling Commission.

In January, the DCMS published its guidance document entitled Gambling Act 2005 – White Listing Criteria, available here. This sets out the process and criteria involved in the Secretary of State's consideration of whether to permit gambling operators based in a country, territory or jurisdiction outside the EEA to advertise their gambling activities within the UK from September 2007. Under the new Act, gambling operators located outside the EEA and Gibraltar will not be permitted to advertise in the UK unless the country, territory or jurisdiction in which they are located can demonstrate that it has a satisfactory regulatory regime in place.

In March the Gambling Commission ("Commission") published its consultation paper on Information Sharing, available here, relating to its proposals for the sharing and collection of information on customers' betting between the betting sector and sport governing bodies. The consultation closes on 1 May 2007.

The Commission has also published consultation documents on bingo and casino equipment technical issues (available here), and a on a code of practice for gaming in clubs or licensed premises (here).

The Commission's consultation on Remote Technical Standards has now closed and the results are expected to be published in May 2007.

The DCMS has also published a number of consultation documents, which consider the following:

  • Regulations for the review of premises licence
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    to access;
  • Minimum time intervals between the purchase of a lottery ticket and the announcement of the result
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    to access;
  • The definition of dual-use and domestic computer
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    to access;
  • Limits on prize gaming in bingo clubs and the draft Gambling Act 2005 (Limits on Prize Gaming) Regulations 2007
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    to access;
  • The issue and monitoring of licensed premises gaming machine permits
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    to access;
  • The issue and monitoring of club gaming and club gaming machine permits
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    to access;
  • Proposals for monetary limits for incidental lotteries at non-commercial events and limits on non-commercial equal chance gaming
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    to access;
  • Code of practice for determining casino premises licence applications
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    to access; and
There have also been a number of statutory instruments laid before Parliament over the last few months, a list of which is available by clicking here.