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.

Commons Briefing Papers

11.12.2015Gambling advertising: regulation in Great Britain
The Commons Library has produced a briefing paper on the regulation of gambling advertising in Great Britain. The rules are designed to ensure that the under-18s and other vulnerable persons are not harmed or exploited by advertising that promotes gambling.
03.12.2015The Horserace Betting Levy
The Horserace Betting Levy is collected from the gross profit of betting on British horseracing and then applied for the improvement of breeds of horses; the advancement or encouragement of veterinary science or veterinary education; the improvement of horseracing. In his March 2015 Budget, the Chancellor announced that a new Horserace Betting Right would replace the Levy. This would be administered directly by the racing industry and would 'apply to all bookmakers, wherever located, taking bets from British customers on British racing'.
12.11.2015Betting 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. Objections must usually 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.
12.08.2015Fixed odds betting terminals
Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which contain 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. The maximum stake on a single bet is 100, the maximum prize is 500. Critics of the machines claim that they have a causal role in problem gambling.
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
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.
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.
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).
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.

Lords Library Notes

11.12.2015National Lottery Contribution to Sport, Culture, Charities and National Heritage
Lords Library briefing on the contribution of the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage.

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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses