FOBTs Review

I welcome the confirmation from the Minister for Sport that the Government will announce its response to the Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures in October, as she had previously indicated to me.

The unwelcomed intervention by the Chancellor, who was only thinking about Treasury coffers, to scupper any stake reduction of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) will hopefully now dissipate.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling have previously informed me that in my constituency of Inverclyde the cash inserted in FOBTs was over £11.5m in 2016, with losses amounting to nearly £3m.

I hope the Minister will now come to the Chamber and announce radical plans for addressing gambling related harm and ultimately reduce the unit stake on FOBTs.