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The BGC does not agree, advocating that “it is difficult to envisage any technology that the Gambling Act 2005 would fail to cover”133 under its current provisions. They, among other operators, feel that a new Gambling Bill is not needed, and sufficient powers are already granted under the Act both to the regulator and the Government

Other sectors of the industry, treatment providers and charities disagree, and argue that the way we gamble has changed dramatically and the 2005 Act has not adapted to the ever-evolving technology.

As we have explained in Chapter 2, the 2001 Budd report recommended legalising online gambling. However, Sir Alan explained to us that as UK gambling companies could not legally provide online gambling at the time of the report, it was “difficult to appreciate the scale” of online gambling as the data was “scarce”.

As a result of this, the full extent of online gambling being carried out in Britain was not fully reported. As Mr Waugh, told us: “The prevalence survey in 1999 recorded online gambling participation as a rounding error, substantially lower than 1% whereas in 2016 it was 9%—excluding the National Lottery online, to put in context of how little was known about it at the time of the report.”136

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