Question to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term effects of gambling advertising on young people and their future participation in gambling activities.
Gambling advertising and sponsorship, including around sport, must be socially responsible and must not be targeted at children. The government assessed the evidence on advertising in its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, the full response to which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-proposals-for-changes-to-gaming-machines-and-social-responsibility-measures.
Since then, in March this year, the charity GambleAware has published the final report of a major piece of research into the effect of gambling marketing and advertising on children, young people and vulnerable people. That study found that exposure to advertising was associated with an openness to gamble in the future amongst children and young people aged 11-24 who did not currently gamble. It also found that there were other factors that correlated more closely with current gambling behaviour amongst those groups, including peer and parental gambling. It did not suggest a causal link between any of these and problem gambling in later life.
The government takes concerns raised about loot boxes in video games very seriously. On 23 September 2020 we launched an 8 week call for evidence which includes a focus on whether loot boxes cause harm and, if so, the nature of the harm. This will put us on the best footing to take any action that is necessary. We expect to publish a Government response to the call for evidence early next year.
Ministers and officials regularly engage with stakeholders on a wide range of issues. Ministers have not recently received representations from either the gambling or the sports sectors about gambling advertising or sponsorship of professional sports teams. The House of Lords Select Committee on the Economic and Social Impact of the Gambling Industry and Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group have made recommendations to Ministers in both these areas.
1. Gambling-related Harm
04/09/2019 - Parliamentary Research
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2. Gambling-related harm
15/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: is gambling-related harm? 2 1.3 What has the Government done? 4 1.4 What is GambleAware doing? 5 1.5
3. Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry
01/02/2020 - Inquiry: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry - Gambling Industry Committee
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5. Restrictions on adverts for food high in fat, sugar and salt: public asked for views
18/03/2019 - Department of Health and Social Care
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1. Gambling-related Harms
14/10/2021 - Lords Chamber
1: declare my interests as a vice-chair of Peers for Gambling Reform. I thank Public Health England and all - Speech Link
2. Gambling and Lotteries
08/12/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: not hear it first will bear that in mind in the future. I have the greatest respect for the Minister, - Speech Link
2: evidence document are only just now being released and made available on the gov.uk website, precisely to coincide - Speech Link
3. Online Gambling
23/11/2017 - Lords Chamber
1: gamblers, specifically with respect to online gambling, and of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme - Speech Link
2: House on online gambling since the passing of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act in March 2014 - Speech Link
4. Finance (No.2) Bill (Third sitting)
27/04/2021 - Public Bill Committees
1: United Kingdom and regions of England of the changes made by section 98 and lay a report of that review before - Speech Link
2: A review under this section must consider the effects of the provisions on progress towards the Government’s - Speech Link
3: harmful emissions that they produce.The Government have previously received feedback from developers - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
21/06/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: things that we have in making sure that people come together at a young age and understand our national life - Speech Link
2: Will the Secretary of State give us the number of people who participated last year, and the number who - Speech Link
3: are looking to increase and broaden participation so that people from all backgrounds and communities - Speech Link