The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Nigel Huddlestone, has suggested that the internal contest to choose a new leader of the Conservative Party, following the resignation of Boris Johnson, should not cause any significant delay in publication of the scheduled Gambling Act Review.
In reality, it is difficult to believe that there will be no lengthy delay, with the governing party running a leadership contest and a parliamentary summer recess due to begin on July 22nd.
The white paper, setting out the UK government’s plans for reform of gambling legislation, awaits cabinet approval, and Huddleston said: “It remains a priority of the department and we will publish a white paper setting out conclusions and a vision for the sector in the coming weeks.”
Concerns within sectors of the industry largely surround any potential hard-line approach towards affordability checks. Chris Philp, who resigned as a DCMS Secretary of State during the political chaos of last week, stated in his resignation letter: “The Gambling Review is with No 10 (the Prime Minister’s office) at the moment for final approval, containing strong measures to protect people from the ravages of gambling addiction. I have met with families of those who have committed suicide as a result of gambling addiction, and I strongly urge you to deliver the review in full and undiluted.”