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Merger of the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission

September 12, 2012

The DCMS launched the Government’s consultation on the proposed merger of the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission in August.

The merger, which was originally included as part of the Public Bodies Bill which received Royal Assent in December 2011 is part of the Government’s commitment to increasing the accountability and reducing the number and cost of public bodies.

The DCMS website stated:
‘Merging the Gambling Commission (GC) and National Lottery Commission (NLC) will help achieve this aim while preserving the appropriate and effective regulation of gambling and the National Lottery and delivering other organisational benefits.

The creation of a single regulator should ensure that regulation continues to protect the public, particularly in light of rapid change and innovation in the overall gambling market, while allowing regulated sectors to flourish in order to deliver the public benefits outlined above. The Government is now seeking to use the powers in the Public Bodies Act 2011 to put in place the merger of the two bodies by abolishing the NLC and transferring its powers to the GC. Ministers are required under the 2011 to consult on their proposals before laying draft legislation. Comments are therefore invited on the Government’s approach as set out in the consultation document. An impact assessment of the proposed approach is also being published.’

Consultation Documents (including impact assessment): http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/9255.aspx