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Gambling Bill

 
 

EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Culture, Media and

Sport, are published separately as Bill 2—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Secretary Tessa Jowell has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the

Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Gambling Bill are compatible with the Convention

rights.

 

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Contents

Part 1

Interpretation of Key Concepts

Principal concepts

1   

The licensing objectives

2   

Licensing authorities

3   

Gambling

4   

Remote gambling

5   

Facilities for gambling

Gaming

6   

Gaming & game of chance

7   

Casino

8   

Equal chance gaming

Betting

9   

Betting: general

10   

Spread bets, &c.

11   

Betting: prize competitions

12   

Pool betting

13   

Betting intermediary

Lottery

14   

Lottery

Cross-category activities

15   

Betting and gaming

16   

Lotteries and gaming

17   

Lotteries and betting

 

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Miscellaneous

18   

Non-commercial society

Part 2

The Gambling Commission

19   

Establishment of the Commission

20   

Gaming Board: transfer to Commission

21   

Duty to promote the licensing objectives

22   

Policy for licensing and regulation

23   

Codes of practice

24   

Guidance to local authorities

25   

Duty to advise Secretary of State

26   

Investigation and prosecution of offences

27   

Licensing authority information

28   

Other exchange of information

29   

Consultation with National Lottery Commission

Part 3

General offences

Provision of facilities for gambling

30   

Provision of facilities for gambling

31   

Exception: lotteries

32   

Exception: gaming machines

33   

Territorial application

Use of premises

34   

Use of premises

35   

Power to amend section 34

36   

Exception: occasional use notice

37   

Exception: football pools

Miscellaneous offences

38   

Gambling software

39   

Cheating

40   

Chain-gift schemes

41   

Provision of unlawful facilities abroad

Part 4

Protection of children and young persons

Interpretation

42   

Meaning of “child” and “young person”

 
 

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Principal offences

43   

Invitation to gamble

44   

Invitation to enter premises

45   

Gambling

46   

Entering premises

47   

Provision of facilities for gambling

Employment offences

48   

Employment to provide facilities for gambling

49   

Employment for lottery or football pools

50   

Employment on bingo and club premises

51   

Employment on premises with gaming machines

52   

Employment in casino, &c.

Miscellaneous offences

53   

Invitation to participate in lottery

54   

Invitation to participate in football pools

55   

Return of stake

56   

Age limit for Category D gaming machines

General

57   

Temporary use notice

58   

Meaning of employment

59   

Penalty

60   

Reasonable belief about person’s age

Part 5

Operating Licences

Introductory

61   

Nature of licence

62   

Form of licence

63   

Remote gambling

64   

Combined licence

Issue

65   

Application

66   

Consideration of application: general principles

67   

Consideration of application: criminal record

68   

Consideration of application: demand

69   

Procedure

70   

Determination of application

Conditions

71   

General conditions imposed by Commission

72   

General conditions: procedure

73   

Individual condition imposed by Commission

 
 

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74   

Condition imposed by Secretary of State

75   

Scope of powers to attach conditions

76   

Requirement for personal licence

77   

Credit and inducements

78   

Compliance with code of practice

79   

Return of stakes to children

80   

Premises

81   

Equipment

82   

Gaming machines

83   

Membership

Rules for particular kinds of licence

84   

Remote operating licence

85   

Casino operating licence

86   

Bingo operating licence

87   

General betting operating licence

88   

Pool betting operating licence

89   

Horse-race pool betting operating licence

90   

Gaming machine technical operating licence

91   

Lottery operating licences

92   

Mandatory conditions of lottery operating licence

Maintenance

93   

Annual fee

94   

Change of circumstance

95   

Change of corporate control

96   

Section 95: supplemental

97   

Application to vary licence

98   

Amendment

99   

Register of operating licences

100   

Copy of licence

101   

Production of licence

102   

Conviction

Duration

103   

Indefinite duration

104   

Power to limit duration

105   

Renewal of licence

106   

Surrender

107   

Lapse

108   

Forfeiture

Regulation

109   

Review

110   

Regulatory powers

111   

Suspension

112   

Revocation

113   

Conditions for suspension or revocation

114   

Financial penalty

115   

Information

 
 

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General

116   

Levy

117   

Directions and requirements

118   

Relevant offence: disapplication of rehabilitation

119   

Interpretation

Part 6

Personal Licences

120   

Nature of personal licence

121   

Application of provisions of Part 5

122   

Exemption for small-scale operators

123   

Application

124   

Duration

125   

Fees

126   

Multiple licences

127   

Production of licence

128   

Review

129   

Disqualification

130   

Notification of operating licensee

131   

Conviction

132   

Breach of personal licence condition

Part 7

Operating and Personal Licences: Appeals

133   

The Gambling Appeals Tribunal

134   

Appeal to Tribunal

135   

Timing

136   

Appeal from Tribunal

137   

Powers of Tribunal

138   

Stay pending appeal

139   

Rules

140   

Fees

141   

Legal assistance

Part 8

Premises Licences

The licence

142   

Nature of licence

143   

Form of licence

144   

Combined licence, &c.

Licensing authorities’ functions

145   

Principles to be applied

146   

Delegation to licensing committee

147   

Register

 
 

 
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