CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

DCMS – CHILDREN AND GAMBLING – 2 July 2019

Dr Julian Lewis: The Opposition spokesman [Tom Watson] mentioned an estimate of 55,000 children addicted to gambling. Do the Government accept that this terrifically large figure is accurate? If so, what proportion of it is a result of the advent of online gambling and what age verification measures are in place to supply at least part of the solution?

[The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Jeremy Wright): My right hon. Friend makes a very good point. It is difficult to be precise about the number of young people in particular who have problems with gambling, as my right hon. Friend will recognise, but it is a fair assumption that online gambling contributes significantly to that problem. As a result, we have already seen improvements in identification and age verification. We need to see further improvements to make sure that the trend decreases.]