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MP SEEKS VIEWS ON FIXED ODDS BETTING TERMINALS

NEW INQUIRY LAUNCHED INTO IMPACT OF GAMBLING MACHINES

Margaret Ferrier MP has welcomed the launch of an inquiry – “Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – Assessing the Impact”.

As a member of the newly formed Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Group, Ms Ferrier will join a panel of other MPs to question and gather evidence from witnesses.

In a series of hearings, the inquiry will be taking oral evidence from the range of stakeholders in the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals debate from gambling addiction experts and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals users, to regulators, bookmaker Chief Executives and their representatives. 

The inquiry is also welcoming written submissions from interested parties by 31 July 2016, and Ms Ferrier is encouraging constituents and organisations with views on the matter to participate. 

Using this evidence, the group will publish a report setting out their findings early in 2017.

Commenting, Margaret Ferrier MP said: 

“This inquiry will allow us to take a fresh look at the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals on our communities – not only in Scotland, but across the whole of the UK. The Government has a duty of care to protect the vulnerable, and the aim of this inquiry is to provide a thorough and comprehensive analysis to enable them to do just that.

“Gambling addiction blights communities and households across my constituency, and the UK. It is time for a proper look to be taken at the impact of these machines on all our communities.”

Written submissions should be sent by 31 July 2016 to margaret.ferrier.mp@parliament.uk

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