Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (666)

Terence Flanagan


666. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to establish a gaming and lotteries authority; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [22468/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Gambling Control Bill, the General Scheme of which was approved by Government in July 2013, will update all existing laws on the regulation of betting and gaming (other than the National Lottery).

The Bill will confer responsibility for all regulatory matters on the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Minister's functions will include licensing, inspections and prosecutions and they will be carried out by a body to be called the Office for Gambling Control Ireland, to be located within my Department. There will be a dedicated inspectorate to ensure compliance by licence holders with the terms of their licence and with the new legislation generally.

I am committed to publishing the Gambling Control Bill in early 2015. However, in the interim, the General Scheme of the Bill is available on my Department's website.