Offshore Gambling Bill (HC Bill 44)




Amend the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate remote gambling on a point of
consumption basis; to require all operators selling into the British market,
whether in the United Kingdom or overseas, to hold a Gambling Commission
licence to enable them to undertake transactions with British consumers and
to advertise in the United Kingdom; to provide that all relevant operators
contribute to the Horserace Betting Levy; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Licensing of remote gambling

In section 36 of the Gambling Act 2005 (territorial application: provision of
facilities for gambling), for subsection (3) substitute—

(3) Section 33 applies to the provision of facilities for remote gambling only

(a) at least one piece of remote gambling equipment used in the
provision of the facilities is situated in Great Britain, or

(b) no such equipment is situated in Great Britain but the facilities
are capable of being used there.

2 10Advertising of foreign gambling

(1) Section 331 of the Gambling Act 2005 (offence of advertising foreign gambling)
is repealed.

(2) In consequence of the provision made by subsection (1)—

(a) omit the following provisions—

(i) 15section 332(3),

(ii) section 333(3), and

(iii) section 361(1)(b)(but not the “and” at the end), and

(b) in section 333(4), for “(1)(a), (2)(a) and (3)” substitute “(1)(a) and (2)(a)”.

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3 Advertising of gambling by way of remote communication

(1) Section 333 of the Gambling Act 2005 (territorial application: remote
advertising) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (2) omit paragraph (b) (but not the “and” at the end).

(3) 5For paragraph (b) of subsection (9) substitute—

(b) in the case of remote gambling, that—

(i) at least one piece of remote gambling equipment to be
used in providing facilities for the gambling is or will be
situated in Great Britain, or

(ii) 10no such equipment is or will be situated in Great Britain,
but the facilities are or will be capable of being used

4 The Horseracing Levy

In Section 27 of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963, for paragraph (a)
15of subsection (2) substitute—

(a) Any company holding a gambling commission license who
carries on on his own account a business which includes the
effecting of betting transactions on horse races, and only in
respect of so much of the business of the bookmaker as relates
20to such betting transactions.

5 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Offshore Gambling Act 2013.

(2) This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) The remaining provisions of this Act come into force on such day as the
25Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint (and
different days may be appointed for different purposes).

(4) The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument make such
transitory, transitional or saving provision as the Secretary of State considers
necessary or appropriate in connection with the commencement of any
30provision made by this Act.

(5) This Act extends to England and Wales, and Scotland.

(6) Section 2(1) and this section extend also to Northern Ireland.