Documents to download

On 14 September 2017, the House of Lords is due to debate a motion moved by Lord Chadlington (Conservative) that “this House takes note of the effect of gambling advertisements on children”. This short briefing provides an overview of how gambling advertising is regulated, particularly with regard to protecting children, and includes a summary of statistics and comment on the issue.

The Gambling Act 2005 provides the basis for the regulation of gambling in Great Britain. The Act established the Gambling Commission and introduced the licensing system requiring operators and key personnel to be licensed by the Commission. The main responsibility for regulating the placement and the content of gambling advertising rests with the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (BCAP) and the Advertising Standards Authority acting as the enforcement body for the UK Advertising Codes. The CAP and the BCAP have published codes and joint guidance on gambling advertising, which includes rules designed to protect children.

The latest annual survey by the Gambling Commission on the incidence and frequency of young people gambling found that 16 percent of 11–15 year olds had spent their own money on a gambling activity in the week prior to taking part in the study and that 11–15 year olds were most likely to have said they had seen gambling adverts on TV (75 percent), followed by social media adverts (63 percent) and other online adverts (57 percent). The Gambling Commission however stated that the rate of gambling among young people has remained relatively stable over recent years.

The Government ran a consultation between 24 October 2016 and 4 December 2016 for its ‘Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures’, which, among other matters, sought views on whether the measures to protect young people from advertising were sufficient. This is expected to be published in October at the earliest. 


Documents to download

Related posts

  • Medicinal and agrochemical products can be granted a Supplementary Protection Certificate, an intellectual property right associated with patents, to provide up to five years of additional rights and protections once their patents have expired. In order to apply for an SPC, a product must receive approval to be sold on the UK market. Under the Northern Ireland/Ireland Protocol, products to be sold in Northern Ireland must obtain approval under EU law, whilst products to be sold in the rest of the UK will obtain approval under UK law. Currently, this marketing authorisation is only given on a UK-wide basis. This regulation amends the market authorisation process to enable authorisations to be granted for the Northern Ireland market only and for the Great Britain market only.

  • The UK’s arts and entertainment sector has been one of the areas worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The decline in revenues and the number of workers furloughed over the past few months is second only to the accommodation and food sector. This article examines the impact of the pandemic on the UK’s cultural industry and the Government’s recently announced support package worth £1.57 billion aimed at helping the sector recover.