UK Government Aim to Lead the Online Gaming World

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that government ministers have drawn up plans to turn the UK into a ‘World Leader’ in internet gambling.

The documents detail how the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has lobbied the Treasury on behalf of online betting and gaming firms to introduce a favourable tax regime, when the government lifts its current ban on online gambling expected to happen next year.

Ministers and officials at the DCMS, over the past two years have met up with representatives of the internet gaming industry a total of 26 times. They are reportedly very eager to attract offshore companies to Britain.

Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, will host an international summit of politicians at Ascot racing course at the end of this month. Politicians aim to discuss regulatory standards with officials from the United Nations, the European Commission and the major credit card companies are also invited to attend.
Among the documents released by the Treasury was a briefing note for the minister in charge of gambling, Richard Caborn prior to his meeting with Betfair managing director, Mark Davies.

The note read, “It is government-wide policy, and that includes HMT (Her Majesty’s Treasury), that Britain should become a world leader in the field of online gambling, in order to provide our citizens with the opportunity to gambling (sic) in a safe, well-regulated environment.”

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