Harlow MP Robert Halfon quizzes minister on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the Houses of Commons to ask a question about fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT).

Mr Halfon said; “I believe that action should come sooner rather than later—I refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests—but what is the Department’s estimate of the number of job losses? What will the Department do to make sure that those who lose their job are helped to get another one?

Jeremy Wright The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport replied: “It is difficult for anyone to be specific about the figures, because it depends, of course, on how the industry responds to the position we present to it. On the second part of my right hon. Friend’s question, we seek to work across Government, including in my Department, the Department for Work and Pensions and others, to ensure that if there are to be job losses as a result of this right and necessary decision, we do all we can to mitigate their effects on the people who work in betting shops.

“This is not about company profits; it is about the economic wellbeing of the people who work in those shops. They also deserve consideration, and we will make sure they get that consideration in how we approach this decision.

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