On 29th November 2018 the Bishop of St Albans, Rt Revd Alan Smith, received answers to two written questions, on underage gambling:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of 18 were treated for gambling related health conditions in each year from 2000.
Lord O’Shaughnessy: Information on the number of children under the age of 18 receiving treatment for gambling related health problems is not held centrally.
The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many gambling premises were closed down following findings of underage gambling in each year from 2000.
Lord Ashton of Hyde: Neither the government nor the Gambling Commission holds this data. Local authorities are responsible for licensing premises.
Whilst Local Authorities are responsible for premises licences, if there are serious failures or widespread vulnerabilities in an operators’ policies or procedures to prevent underage gambling, the Gambling Commission may take formal regulatory action in addition to any action being taken on premises licences.