Armed Forces: Gambling

(asked on 21st October 2020) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to enact legislation similar to the Gambling Addiction Prevention Act 2019 in the United States, which legally requires the development and implementation of policies and programmes to prevent and treat gambling disorders among members of the armed forces and their dependants.


Answered by
Baroness Goldie Portrait
Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
This question was answered on 3rd November 2020

New recruits to the Armed Forces receive comprehensive briefing on the importance of financial security and the values and standards expected of them, during which the issue of gambling is raised. They are also signposted to the full range of support and assistance available for welfare matters, including gambling. New officers are trained how to identify and support those under their command who are experiencing financial difficulties, including those caused by gambling.

There are no plans to enact legislation similar to that of the United States' Gambling Addiction Prevention Act 2019. Polices and initiatives already in operation by the Department and Armed Forces closely mirror the requirements and obligations stipulated by said Act and have similar effect.

This content was generated for your convenience by Parallel Parliament and does not form part of the official record.
Recent Documents related to Armed Forces: Gambling

1. Nottingham Trent University - written evidence
30/01/2019 - Inquiry: Immersive and addictive technologies - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
- View source

Found: Disorder (also known as gaming addiction) is a behavioural addiction similar to substance-related addictions

2. Mapping Security and Justice Activities in the Caribbean
07/10/2019 - Department for International Development
- View source

Found: commissioned by the UK Department for International Development and other Government departments, but the views

3. Implementation of International Humanitarian Law at Domestic Level: Voluntary Report
11/03/2019 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
- View source

Found: www.fco.gov.uk United Kingdom Government Voluntary Report on the Implementation of International

4. Gambling-related harm
15/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: PACK Number CDP-2019/0068, 15 March 2019 Gambling-related harm By John Woodhouse Maria Lalic Rachael

5. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit - written evidence
07/05/2019 - Inquiry: Problem drug use in Scotland - Scottish Affairs Committee
- View source

Found:  ●        To what extent does UK-wide drugs legislation affect the Scottish Government’s ability to address

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Armed Forces: Gambling

1. Gambling-related Harms
14/10/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: have made of the report by Public Health England Gambling-related harms evidence review, published on 30 - Speech Link
2: declare my interests as a vice-chair of Peers for Gambling Reform. I thank Public Health England and all - Speech Link

2. Armed Forces Bill (Second sitting)
31/03/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: New Clause 4Armed Forces Representative Body“(1) The Armed Forces Act 2006 is amended as - Speech Link
2: discuss new clause 19— Armed Forces Federation—“(1) The Armed Forces Act 2006 is amended as follows - Speech Link

3. Gambling: Addiction
01/11/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: who have contacted him directly to explain how gambling has destroyed their lives. The Church has often - Speech Link

4. Armed Forces: Gambling Disorders
13/09/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: related to gambling disorder in the military, and (2) to annually assess the prevalence of gambling disorder - Speech Link
2: such plans. We take problem gambling seriously and monitor for the emergence of problem gambling instances - Speech Link
3: with the United States of America, there is a real dearth of UK literature reviewing the gambling habits - Speech Link

5. Armed Forces Bill
07/09/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: the Armed Forces Bill this afternoon. Without this Bill, the Armed Forces Act 2006—the legislation that - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Armed Forces: Gambling
Latest Questions