Tuesday February 12,2013 : BIG DAY FOR POINT OF CONSUMPTION GAMING IN THE UK (Update)
 
DCMS Select Committee hearing in pre-legislative hearing today
 
Today (Feb. 12) will see another important step forward in the British government's plans to introduce a secondary licensing and taxation regime governing online gambling operators who wish to access the UK market
 
In a mid-morning session the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee will consider oral and written evidence from a variety of interested parties on the draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill, with two oral witnesses in Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Jenny Williams, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission.
 
The proceedings will be screened and can be linked to here: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=12581
 
The written submissions of a wide range of interested parties can be viewed here:
 
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmcumeds/writev/preleg/preleg.pdf
 
In this second evidence session, the Committee will have the opportunity to question the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission about the specific benefits that will accrue to consumers from the Bill; the factors that led the Government to conclude that the potential benefits of the Bill for consumers outweighs the disadvantages to legitimate operators; and how the proposed legalization would help to reduce match-fixing.