The First-Tier Tribunal has granted the Gambling Commission permission to appeal the decision requiring the Commission to grant an operating licence to a pub chain to introduce commercial gambling with potentially large numbers of high stake and prize gaming machines into pubs. This ruling appears to handicap the Commission in doing what it was set up to do – that is, react to new developments and protect the vulnerable.
We are clear, and this view is strongly supported by the government, that commercial betting, gaming and bingo and any associated high stakes and prize machines, should be provided only in separate premises licensed for that specific purpose – premises that adults make a deliberate choice to visit in order to gamble.
A judgment from the Upper Tribunal should hopefully clarify what we can and can’t do by way of operating licences. Meanwhile, we are working closely with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to see how we can both use our various powers to keep commercial gambling in dedicated licensed premises and stop it spreading to pubs.
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