UK's DCMS select committee urged to exclude industry from gambling policy decisions
In a UK gambling reform inquiry, experts warn the DCMS select committee to resist industry influence, expressing frustration at slow reforms and pointing out the white paper's significant shortcomings
During the third oral evidence session of the inquiry, the DCMS select committee, consisting of 11 MPs, was advised to keep the industry away from policy-making in the gambling reform process.
Prominent academics and specialists expressed their frustration at the slow pace of reform, questioned the government's capability to deliver on its promises, and warned about the influence of industry on policy-making.
The white paper on gambling, despite being a symbolic step towards reform, was criticized for its significant shortcomings, especially regarding advertising, marketing, and sponsorship.