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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 HL Bill 19—EN.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Lord McIntosh of Haringey 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

15   

National Lottery

Cross-category activities

16   

Betting and gaming

17   

Lotteries and gaming

18   

Lotteries and betting

 

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Miscellaneous

19   

Non-commercial society

Part 2

The Gambling Commission

20   

Establishment of the Commission

21   

Gaming Board: transfer to Commission

22   

Duty to promote the licensing objectives

23   

Policy for licensing and regulation

24   

Codes of practice

25   

Guidance to local authorities

26   

Duty to advise Secretary of State

27   

Investigation and prosecution of offences

28   

Licensing authority information

29   

Other exchange of information

30   

Consultation with National Lottery Commission

31   

Consultation with Commissioners of Customs and Excise

Part 3

General offences

Provision of facilities for gambling

32   

Provision of facilities for gambling

33   

Exception: lotteries

34   

Exception: gaming machines

35   

Territorial application

Use of premises

36   

Use of premises

37   

Power to amend section 36

38   

Exception: occasional use notice

39   

Exception: football pools

Miscellaneous offences

40   

Gambling software

41   

Cheating

42   

Chain-gift schemes

43   

Provision of unlawful facilities abroad

Part 4

Protection of children and young persons

Interpretation

44   

Meaning of “child” and “young person”

 
 

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Principal offences

45   

Invitation to gamble

46   

Invitation to enter premises

47   

Gambling

48   

Entering premises

49   

Provision of facilities for gambling

Employment offences

50   

Employment to provide facilities for gambling

51   

Employment for lottery or football pools

52   

Employment on bingo and club premises

53   

Employment on premises with gaming machines

54   

Employment in casino, &c.

Miscellaneous offences

55   

Invitation to participate in lottery

56   

Invitation to participate in football pools

57   

Return of stake

58   

Age limit for Category D gaming machines

General

59   

Temporary use notice

60   

Meaning of employment

61   

Penalty

62   

Reasonable belief about person’s age

Part 5

Operating Licences

Introductory

63   

Nature of licence

64   

Form of licence

65   

Remote gambling

66   

Combined licence

Issue

67   

Application

68   

Consideration of application: general principles

69   

Consideration of application: criminal record

70   

Consideration of application: demand

71   

Procedure

72   

Determination of application

Conditions

73   

General conditions imposed by Commission

74   

General conditions: procedure

75   

Individual condition imposed by Commission

 
 

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76   

Condition imposed by Secretary of State

77   

Scope of powers to attach conditions

78   

Requirement for personal licence

79   

Credit and inducements

80   

Compliance with code of practice

81   

Return of stakes to children

82   

Premises

83   

Equipment

84   

Gaming machines

85   

Membership

86   

Information

Rules for particular kinds of licence

87   

Remote operating licence

88   

Casino operating licence

89   

Bingo operating licence

90   

General betting operating licence

91   

Pool betting operating licence

92   

Horse-race pool betting operating licence

93   

Betting on the National Lottery

94   

Gaming machine technical operating licence

95   

Gambling software operating licence: standards

96   

Lottery operating licences

97   

Mandatory conditions of lottery operating licence

Maintenance

98   

Annual fee

99   

Change of circumstance

100   

Change of corporate control

101   

Section 100: supplemental

102   

Application to vary licence

103   

Amendment

104   

Register of operating licences

105   

Copy of licence

106   

Production of licence

107   

Conviction

Duration

108   

Indefinite duration

109   

Power to limit duration

110   

Renewal of licence

111   

Surrender

112   

Lapse

113   

Forfeiture

Regulation

114   

Review

115   

Regulatory powers

116   

Suspension

117   

Revocation

 
 

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118   

Conditions for suspension or revocation

119   

Financial penalty

120   

Information

General

121   

Levy

122   

Directions and requirements

123   

Relevant offence: disapplication of rehabilitation

124   

Interpretation

Part 6

Personal Licences

125   

Nature of personal licence

126   

Application of provisions of Part 5

127   

Exemption for small-scale operators

128   

Application

129   

Duration

130   

Fees

131   

Multiple licences

132   

Production of licence

133   

Review

134   

Disqualification

135   

Notification of operating licensee

136   

Conviction

137   

Breach of personal licence condition

Part 7

Operating and Personal Licences: Appeals

138   

The Gambling Appeals Tribunal

139   

Appeal to Tribunal

140   

Timing

141   

Appeal from Tribunal

142   

Powers of Tribunal

143   

Stay pending appeal

144   

Rules

145   

Fees

146   

Legal assistance

147   

Enforcement of costs orders

Part 8

Premises Licences

The licence

148   

Nature of licence

149   

Form of licence

150   

Combined licence, &c.

 
 

 
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