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Corporate Governance Framework

Our corporate governance framework sets out the necessary responsibilities and procedures that guarantee we operate properly.

Visits to gambling premises

49. A ban on visiting gambling premises would be counter-productive. It would restrict the ability of Commissioners to gain insight into the sector. However, a considered approach to visits is needed, for the same reason that restrictions are placed on your ability to gamble.

50. You may visit non-remote bingo halls, casinos, or bookmakers premises in Great Britain, however, if you visit in an official capacity, to prevent your presence from being misconstrued you should make your presence known to the operator’s staff. As public appointees and representatives of the regulator, you should be watchful for any perception that you have had an unauthorised interaction with an operator.

51. It is not necessary to make yourself known when visiting in a private capacity.

52. You must notify the Commission’s Intelligence lead if your visit constitutes more than just a brief casual visit. Any official visits are accompanied by a member of staff, preferably the relevant Compliance Manager for that premises or a member of the senior team.

53. When visiting such premises, remember that frontline operator staff may not have detailed knowledge of how the Commission works and may not understand your role as a Commissioner. If asked, you should be prepared to signpost operator staff to sources of information.

54. You must not visit such premises if you are aware of an impending regulatory decision which affects those premises or the operator of those premises. You should make every effort to stay up to date with impending regulatory decisions, to avoid inadvertently visiting somewhere which is subject to ongoing action.

55. You may visit horse and greyhound racetracks. If you visit these premises in an official capacity, then the considerations above apply.

56. If you visit gambling premises in any capacity, whether in Great Britain or abroad, you must ensure that neither you nor anyone with you receives privileges (such as memberships or gifts), preferential treatment (such as the style of service offered), nor any hospitality that is not generally available to other visitors to the premises.

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