09 August 2007

Methodist response to Government crackdown on gambling adverts

Speaking in response to today's announcement that gambling firms that do not meet UK regulatory standards will be banned from advertising in the UK, Alison Jackson, Secretary for Parliamentary and Political Affairs, says:

"We welcome this announcement and the tough line the Government is taking. Internet gambling is growing fast and there is a high risk for people playing online of becoming addicted to gambling. Play is continuous and repetitive; it takes place in your own home without any outside distractions, and stakes are made by credit card, making it easy to lose track of how much you have lost.

"We support the Government's wish to get international agreement in the regulation of Internet gambling; this move should contribute to that. While we do not want to see more gambling advertising, such sites will continue to operate and be accessed by people in the UK. They should be properly regulated, which is why we hope that other jurisdictions will follow the example of the Isle of Man who have tightened their own regulations to a standard that enables them to beat this ban, and therefore advertise in the UK."

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