Confidential telephone line
Date: 16 March
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) is exploring the
feasibility of a confidential telephone line for gathering
intelligence on matters relating to gambling regulation. The
line is expected to be a route for intelligence relating to all
aspects of illegal gambling. We also expect it to be of particular
relevance to the Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU), which the
Commission is in the process of establishing.
The line, which we will run as a 12 month pilot, will be
operated according to nationally recognised guidelines and reflect
best practice in the intelligence and law enforcement
community. It will be open to anyone with relevant
intelligence to offer, including those running businesses and
working in the gambling industry.
The line will not replace the Commission's contact centre, which
will continue to provide advice to operators and others in the
usual way. At present, the Commission receives confidential
intelligence through a number of sources including the contact
centre and compliance managers nationwide.
Before making the line fully operational, the Commission is
working with Trade Associations, Sports Governing Bodies and others
to ensure the line is focused appropriately on effectively keeping
gambling fair and safe for all.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest. It does so by keeping crime out of
gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly,
and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed
or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating
all gambling in Great Britain other than the National Lottery and
spread betting, which are the responsibility of the National
Lottery Commission and the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.