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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04798: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the rules governing the use of fixed-odds betting terminals.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 November 2016

The rules governing the use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are reserved to the UK Government.

The Scottish Government argued in the Smith Commission for the full devolution of gambling policy to Scotland on the grounds that this would enable problem gambling in Scotland to be tackled more effectively.

The UK Government is currently undertaking a wide ranging review of gaming machines. The review covers a number of areas including maximum gaming machines stakes and prizes, allocations of gaming machines in licensed premises, and social responsibility measures to minimise the risk of gambling related harm.

The Scotland Act 2016 included only a limited power in respect of the number of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in new betting shops. This does not include any powers in respect of existing premises, or those found in premises other than betting shops. The Scottish Government will consider the outcome of the UK consultation before taking a view on what use of the limited powers available in Scotland might be proposed.