30 January 2020


Iain Duncan Smith urges Government to call in Gambling Commission

Iain Duncan Smith raises concerns about the misbehaviour of many online betting companies and calls on the Government to call in the Gambling Commission which is refusing the name the owner of Betway.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green) (Con)

May I urge my right hon. Friend to recall the cross-party concern about the misbehaviour of many online betting companies and the growing drive towards addiction as a result of that misbehaviour? Given that, will he encourage the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to call in the Gambling Commission, which now refuses to release the name of the individual who owns Betway? Nobody knows where its money comes from, and it seems absurd that in this circumstance we cannot now find out. It is time we got to the bottom of this.

Mr Rees-Mogg

My right hon. Friend has been a formidable champion on this and played a crucial role in reducing the maximum stake for fixed odds betting terminals, which was of great importance to many people. I know that the issues he raises are of concern across the House. I have heard what he has said, and I will make sure that the relevant Department knows too.