Queen's Speech 2013: Gambling (licensing and advertising) bill

The gambling bill is designed to extend the scope of the regulatory regime currently governing remote gambling and provide greater consumer protection for customers in Britain.

The bill will:

  • Change the regulatory system to ensure firms are regulated at point of consumption rather than country of origin – thereby bringing many online operations into the fold.
  • Require all operators or advertisers in the British market to hold a UK Gambling Commission licence.
  • Require all remote gambling operators to support action against illegal activity and corruption in sport, by forcing overseas operations to report suspicious betting patterns involving British customers.
  • Require all gambling operators to contribute to research, education and treatment of gambling addiction.
  • Require all gambling operators to comply with licences to protect children and vulnerable adults.