10 February 2022
Bridgen questions Government on Gambling Act 2005 review

Andrew Bridgen seeks calls for an impact assessment on the horse-racing industry as part of the Gambling Act 2005 review, and for the Government to consider the single customer wallet as an alternative to the proposed single customer view.

Racing Industry: Gambling

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

1. What discussions she has had with representatives of the racing industry on (a) developing a single customer view and (b) the forthcoming gambling White Paper. (905554)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Chris Philp)

I have had extensive conversations with the horse-racing industry and with hon. Members who represent constituencies with racing interests on the Gambling Act 2005 review in general and on the plans that the industry are voluntarily developing to share information on customers who are at severe risk of addictive gambling disorders.

Andrew Bridgen 

Can the Minister confirm that when the draft proposals of the review are announced, there will be an impact assessment on the horse-racing industry? Will he meet me to discuss my alternative to the proposed single customer view, the single customer wallet, which would not only be cheaper and more efficient for the industry to bring in, but offer consumers better protections?

Chris Philp 

I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend to discuss his ideas. I assure him that proper impact assessments will be done. We know that horse-racing is a vital sport for the people who work in the industry. It supports many jobs, it provides leisure activities for many people, and it is a significant source of national pride and prestige. Nothing in the Gambling Act review, I hope, will do anything to undermine the financial condition of that great sport or its place at the heart of our national life.