Previous Inquiries

FOBT APPG – Evidence Inquiry for DCMS consultation response

On the 31st October 2017 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation to examine the stakes and prizes of B2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, amongst other issues relating to gaming machines and social responsibility measures.

As part of the All-Party Group’s submission to the consultation the FOBT APPG launched an inquiry to engage with the evidence that had emerged since the publishing of the APPG’s report: Fixed Odds Betting – Assessing the Impact on 31st January 2017.

Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry.

Tuesday 21st November – Local Government & Society

  • Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham Council
  • Cllr Morris Bright, Local Government Association
  • Edward Davies, Centre for Social Justice

Wednesday 13th December – Academia and Think Tank

  • University of South Wales
  • Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Respublica

Wednesday 10th January – Research and Faith Group representation

  • Senet Group
  • Cebr
  • Church of England

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals- Assessing the Impact

As part of the APPG’s work to raise its arguments with the Government on the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and the neccessity of a cut to the maximum stake for these machines the APPG conducted a number of inquiry sessions, which ultimately contributed to the publication of the “Fixed Odds Betting Terminals- Assessing the Impact” report. Please see below for the sessions of this inquiry.

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 10am

  • Assessing the Impact people who have gambled
    • Previous FOBT Gamblers
    • Derek Webb, The Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Wednesday 14th September, 2pm

  • Assessing the Impact on Local Communities
    • Sir Robin Wales, Newham Council
    • Councillor Anita Lower, Local Government Association

Thursday 13th October 2016, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact on the Vulnerable
    • Martin Kettle, Church of England
    • Dan Boucher, CARE
    • Helena Chambers, Quaker Action
    • Dirk Hanson, GamCare

Tuesday 1st November, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact on the Wider Gambling Industry
    • John White, Chief Executive, Bacta
    • Jason Frost, President, Bacta
    • Tracey Damestani, Chief Executive of National Casino Forum
    • Dennis Dowling, Member, National Casino Forum
    • Simon Thomas, CEO, Hippodrome Casino
    • Fintan Drury, Former Chairman, Paddy Power

Wednesday 16th November, 2.30pm

  • Assessing the Impact – The Policy and Regulatory Landscape
    • Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport Tourism and Heritage, The Department of Culture Media and Sport
    • Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive, Gambling Commission

Tuesday 29th November, 10am

  • Assessing the Impact – The Research Agenda
    • Kate Lampard, Chair, Gamble Aware
    • Marc Etches, Chief Executive, Gamble Aware
    • Sir Christopher Kelly, Chair, Responsible Gambling Strategy Board
  • Assessing the Impact – Experience from working with Bookmakers
    • Bill Bennett
    • Barry Phillips

Tuesday 6th December, 10.30am

  • Assessing the Impact – Academic Research
    • Stephen Sharman – University of Lincoln
    • Dr Sean Cowlishaw – University of Bristol
    • Dr Simon Dymond  – Swansea University
    • Prof Jim Orford – University of Birmingham
    • Peter Collins – University of Cape Town
    • Shannon Hanrahan, The Outcomes Group


Wednesday 11th January, 10.30am

  • Testimony from the Bookmakers
    • BetFred (invited)
    • William Hill (invited)
    • Ladbrokes Coral (invited)
    • Paddy Power (invited)