Betting ban consultation
Margaret Ferrier MP has welcomed a statement from the UK Government, calling for evidence on the use of gaming machines across Britain.
Labelling the call for evidence as“a step in the right direction”, the SNP MP committed to continue working with the separate all-party inquiry which is currently under way.
Ms Ferrier has been campaigning for tighter restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminals – the high street machines which allow gamblers to stake up to £300 per minute.
She spoke at the recent SNP conference on the issue.
Commenting on the recent development, she said:“This call for evidence is an encouraging sign, and although a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to travel before these machines are properly regulated.
“I will continue working with the All-Party Group on Betting Terminals, collecting evidence as part of our own inquiry. This announcement just underlines the vital importance of the separate inquiry, and the need for us to continue to gather evidence and make recommendations to the government about these machines.
“These machines are damaging families and communities across Britain, and I would encourage anyone with views on the matter to take part in the consultative process.”