A group of politicians, including former culture secretary Tessa Jowell, has been piling on the pressure on government during questions in the House of Lords following the publication of the Gambling Commission’s report on underage gambling.
The report, published last month, claimed that 450,000 young people were gambling every week and it is the prospect of these children having access to online operators that has caused particular concern in the Lords.
In somewhat typically muddled thinking from the politicos, Baroness Jowell noted that there are serious concerns over young people’s access to online gambling. Despite this, however, she called on the government, via its representative Lord Ashton of Hyde, to increase controls over high street operators.
She said: “In the context of the gambling review, will the Minister undertake to look at ways of increasing the regulation of those forms of ambient gambling that we can control -specifically, gambling and betting shops on the high street – and ensure that a regulatory review is undertaken not only of the speed of play and the number of machines but also of the planning consent that has led to the outbreak of betting shops, driven by the availability of these machines on high streets across the country?”