On 6th April 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received a written answer to three questions about the Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans:
(i) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings civil servants and ministers have had with stakeholders about the Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures; and what were the (1) dates, (2) locations, and (3) attendees, of each of those meetings.
(ii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all submissions to the Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures will be published alongside the review.
(iii) To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned small-scale qualitative research to assess the appropriate stakes for category B2 gaming machines.
Lord Ashton of Hyde:
The Government set out four illustrative options at consultation for a stake reduction on B2 gaming machines. We are considering all the available evidence, including advice from the Gambling Commission and published research, and will set out our response in due course. As part of this the Government intends to publish the key responses to the consultation, subject to the respondents permission.
The following table lists the meetings that civil servants have had with stakeholders where the consultation was mentioned or discussed since it was launched on 31 October 2017. Details of Ministerial meetings are published quarterly on gov.uk
|21/11/17||All Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs||Palace of Westminster|
|22/11/2017||Gambling Business Group (GBG)||DCMS|
|23/11/17||Remote Gambling Association (RGA)||RGA|
|27/11/2017||British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA)||DCMS|
|28/11/2017||British Horseracing Authority (BHA)||DCMS|
|30/11/2017||Local Government Association (LGA)||LGA|
|13/12/17||Bingo Association (BA)||DCMS|
|14/12/2017||Association of British Bookmakers (ABB)||ABB|
|18/12/2017||Christian Faith Groups||DCMS|
|10/01/18||All Party Parliamentary Group on FOBTs||Palace of Westminster|
|23/1/18||Christian Faith Groups||DCMS|
|30/1/18||National Casino Forum (NCF), Hippodrome Casino, Rank Group, Grayling UK and Ireland, Aspers||DCMS|
|31/01/2018||GambleAware, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), Advertising Association (AA), ISBA, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Remote Gambling Association (RGA), Senet||DCMS|
|7/3/18||RGA, Bet365, Skybet, PaddyPower Betfair, Kindred||DCMS|
|7/3/18||ABB, PaddyPower Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral, JenningsBet, BetFred||DCMS|
|20/3/18||National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC)||NPGC|