MP calls for gambling firms' TV ads to be curbed
MP has called on the Prime Minister to force gambling firms to
show fewer TV ads due to their aggressive publicity techniques.
Tessa Munt asked for David Cameron's backing when she posed a
question during Prime Minister's Question Time in the House Of
"At a time when there is £1.45 trillion of personal
debt in this country and when we are encouraging people to be
moderate in their expectations and behaviour, will the Prime Minister
please protect consumers, children and the vulnerable from this
kind of activity by asking for a review by Ofcom," she said.
Prime Minister said he was concerned by the "aggressive"
publicity techniques of online betting firms.
He replied: "It is not just a question of regulation, as
it is also a question of responsibility by the companies concerned.
who enjoys watching a football match will see quite aggressive
advertisements on the television, and I think companies have to
ask themselves whether they are behaving responsibly when they
says there are nearly 36 hours of casino and gaming adverts broadcast
every week and she has called for an Ofcom review.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am contacted by local people
with money problems regularly and I am very aware that gambling
addiction can ruin peoples lives, adding to debts in all
sections of our communities."
am particularly concerned about the effect betting adverts on
television can have on the young and more impressionable
especially as these are shown at peak viewing times. This is why
I raised the issue with the Prime Minister, and why I am keen
that the Government takes action to tackle the very harmful effects
this advertising can have."