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A parliamentary group investigates the Gambling Commission
By Bill Barber, Industry Editor
The Gambling Commission should be investigated for its competence and effectiveness amid claims that operators are “too afraid” to publicly voice their concerns about the industry regulator.
The Parliamentary Group for Betting and Gaming (APBGG) said it launched the investigation after receiving widespread criticism from members of the industry.
He added that the comments made about the Gambling Commission, some very critical, in reports released by the Public Accounts Committee, the National Audit Office and the House of Lords Select Committee in 2020 did not cover the full scope of allegations she heard against him.
The investigation comes at a time when the role of the Gaming Commission is one of the areas being examined as part of the government’s review of the 2005 Gambling Act.
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MP Scott Benton: Industry has “very serious” concerns
APGGG co-chair MP Scott Benton said it was “essential that the key player in our industry be challenged for their actions.”
He added: “For a number of years members of the industry have come to see us and have complained about the activities of the commission. the power of the commission over them.
“As they have no formal method of complaint outside of the commission itself, we believe it is our duty to provide a legitimate channel for criticism of the regulator.
“We are pleased that the new interim CEO [Andrew Rhodes] has been given the task of “restarting” the regulator, we hope the findings of our investigation will help it and DCMS to address some very serious industry concerns. All the UK gaming industry wants is a competent and efficient regulator. “
The APGGG said it wanted to hear from operators who felt the commission acted beyond the powers of a regulator, in violation of the regulator’s code and to prove that it provided a level of service that is “Either of poor quality and / or delivered incompetently”.
In response to the investigation, a spokesperson for the Gambling Commission said, “The Gambling Commission is committed to making gambling fairer, safer and crime-free.
“To achieve this, we engage regularly and openly with parliamentarians, both on the review of the government gaming law, which we support as statutory advisor to the Secretary of State for DCMS, and for discuss a range of matters within our regulatory jurisdiction with individuals and groups, including the Betting and Gaming APPG. “
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FIRST PUBLISHED 5:00 PM, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021