Published: January 24, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea's MP calls for gambling firms' TV ads to be curbed

Burnham-On-Sea's 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 Commons.

"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.

The 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.
Anyone 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 do that."

Tessa says there are nearly 36 hours of casino and gaming adverts broadcast every week and she has called for an Ofcom review.

She told "I am contacted by local people with money problems regularly and I am very aware that gambling addiction can ruin people’s lives, adding to debts in all sections of our communities."

"I 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."

Bookmark and Share

Search|Add to your Bookmarks|Send a mail from|Print this page|Back to previous page|Discuss this article

Burnham-On-Sea Seafront Webcam
Burnham-On-Sea Webcam
24-hour live pictures
See live images of the seafront and beach with Burnham's Webcam. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Shops
Burnham-On-Sea Shopping Guide
Buy in Burnham!
Support local traders by shopping in town - see our A-Z index of businesses. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham-On-Sea Video
Burnham video news
Watch video highlights of events across Burnham with these video clips. Click here

Burnham-On-Sea Photos
Burnham-On-Sea Photos

Photo gallery
Hundreds of photos from events across the Burnham-On-Sea area. Click here