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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debates. Other Question 11 – Gambling legislation. (29 Nov 2018)

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11. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will address the delays in publishing the gambling control Bill, the general scheme of which was published in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49603/18]


Deputy Jim O'Callaghan: In 2011, the then Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, announced plans for new legislation on gambling. Unfortunately, however, no new legislation has been enacted by the Houses of the Oireachtas. It is important that we progress legislation in respect of gambling, which is causing significant social problems and which must be regulated. What is the reason for the delay with the Government's gambling control Bill? When will it be forthcoming?

Deputy David Stanton: I am happy to update the Deputy on developments concerning the reform of our laws on the licensing and regulation of gaming and gambling activities.


Following the Government's approval and publication in July 2013, the general scheme of the gambling control Bill was referred to the then Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, which I chaired, for consideration and observations. When joint committee's report on the general scheme was laid before the Houses in November 2013, the matter was with the Office of the Attorney General for consideration and drafting until late 2017. At that point, my Department and I sought the Government's permission to review the draft legislation to take into account technological and other changes that had occurred in the interim.


The Government duly granted permission to review the 2013 general scheme by way of decision of 10 January 2018, aimed at establishing an independent regulatory authority for the gambling industry in Ireland.


To advance the review of the 2013 general scheme of the Gambling Control Bill, per the Government decision of 10 January 2018, I chaired an interdepartmental working group on gambling, comprising all stakeholder Departments and the Office of the Attorney General. The group met on five occasions between February and June of this year and reviewed all the provisions of the 2013 Scheme as well as other relevant developments since. Further, the group in its deliberations had regard to the Government's preference for the establishment of an independent regulatory authority. It is the Government's view that an independent body would be best placed to conduct the significant and complex range of licensing, regulatory, monitoring, inspection and enforcement tasks of the industry in all its manifestations. The group is currently finalising its report which I hope to bring to Government for consideration as soon as possible.


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