This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on gambling. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

05.02.2015Fixed odds betting terminals
Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines that play a variety of games, including roulette. Each machine accepts bets for amounts up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games.
20.06.2014Bingo taxation
This note discusses the development of the current structure of bingo duty, before looking at the decision by the Government to cut the rate of bingo duty to 10% in Budget 2014.
17.06.2014Betting shops: licensing requirements
The Gambling Act 2005 allows objections to be made against an application for a premises licence for a betting shop. It is also possible to trigger a review of an existing licence. All objections must relate to at least one of the Act's three licensing objectives: preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder; ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way; and protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
10.01.2013Draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill
The Draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill would amend the Gambling Act 2005 so that remote gambling would be regulated on a point of consumption basis, rather than point of supply (as at present).

Research Papers

25.11.2013Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill Committee stage report
This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill. It complements Research Paper 13/55 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
17.09.2013Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill
Remote gambling operators currently need a licence in Britain only if they have equipment located here. The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill would move the regulation of remote gambling to a 'point of consumption' basis so that all remote operators would need a licence from the Gambling Commission to enable them to transact with British customers and advertise in Britain. The Government believes this will increase protection for British customers as well as enabling British-based operators to compete on an equal footing with other remote operators.
24.04.2008Social Indicators
Social Indicators. [Includes articles on 'Gambling in New South Wales, Australia' and 'A new era for UK official statistics: the launch of the UK Statistics Authority, and Topical Subject Pages on world food prices, the weather in 2007 and excess winter mortality.] House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/37.
28.10.2004Gambling Bill (Bill 163 of 2003/04)
Gambling Bill (Bill 163 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/79.
23.12.2003Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (Bill 8 2003/04)
Horserace Betting and Olympic Lottery Bill (Bill 8 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 03/94.

Early Day Motions

That this House is alarmed by the proliferation of B2 gaming machines in high street bookmakers and licensed betting offices, from 16,380 in 2006-07 to 32,000 today; is concerned that ...
That this House recognises the important social and community role that bingo plays across the United Kingdom; believes the current 20 per cent. gross profit tax on bingo should be ...
That this House notes the importance of the British horseracing industry in contributing to the economy and job creation; praises the work of the British Horseracing Authority and Racing ...
That this House is concerned that any decision involving the future of The Tote should, at the very least, encompass the principle of its assets being used to guarantee the future of ...
That this House condemns the proliferation of betting shops in inner city London boroughs; notes that deprived boroughs such as Hackney, Islington, Haringey and Tottenham have disproportionately ...


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses