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    B681 - Gambling (Advertising and Sponsorship) Bill (Second Reading) 2014, TSR Government

    Gambling (Advertising and Sponsorship) Bill 2014
    An Act banning gambling advertising and sponsorship.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1: Definitions
    (1) "Gambling" refers to the placing of money on the outcome of an event over which the gambler has no control, with the aim of winning more money if successful.
    (2) “Advertisement” refers to any media of a print, audio, video or online nature intended to draw attention to or generate sales for a product.
    (3) “Sponsorship” refers to the use of the name of a product in the name of something else, with the intention of drawing attention to a product.

    2: Advertisements
    (1) Advertisements for gambling are forbidden.
    (2) All advertisements for gambling must be removed before the date of commencement of this Act.

    3: Sponsorship
    (1) Sponsorship by bookmakers and casinos is forbidden.
    (2) No new sponsorship deals may be agreed upon after the date of commencement of this Act.
    (3) Existing sponsorship deals may be seen out, but may not be renewed.

    4: Exception
    (1) Not-for-profit gambling events are exempt from the provisions of this Act.
    (2) The National Lottery and the Health Lottery are exempt from the provisions of this Act.

    5: Sanctions
    (1) If licensed premises contravene this Act, the licence in question is to be annulled.
    (2) If an individual contravenes this Act
    a. for the first time, a fine not exceeding £2000 may be levied.
    b. for a second time, a fine not exceeding £5000 and a prison sentence not exceeding 6 months may be levied.
    (3) If a company contravenes this Act, a fine not exceeding 10% of their profit over the coming year may be levied.

    6: Commencement, Short Title and Extent
    (1) This Act may be cited as the Gambling Act 2014.
    (2) This bill shall extend to the United Kingdom; and
    (3) Shall come into force on the 1st of January 2015.

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    I bet that this version of the Bill will go to a vote and be passed by the House.
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    Aye!
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    I bet that this version of the Bill will go to a vote and be passed by the House.
    Ha ha, very funny.
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    I very much welcome the improvements to create a great piece of progressive legislation Aye!
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    Nay, authoritarian, oppressive and unhelpful, alcohol is ok for the vast majority of people, but harmful to a few, banning the advertising of it will do nothing to help the few. Pointless and unneeded.
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    Why?

    If this was limited to advertising targeting minors or something, then I could understand it...
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    (Original post by Cryptographic)
    Nay, authoritarian, oppressive and unhelpful, alcohol is ok for the vast majority of people, but harmful to a few, banning the advertising of it will do nothing to help the few. Pointless and unneeded.
    This bill is about gambling...
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    (Original post by O133)
    This bill is about gambling...
    Sorry . Swap alcohol for gambling then.
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    Aye. In a time of austerity, people should be encouraged to spend wisely. Gambling can easily become an addiction, thus causing a huge amount of wasted money.
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    (Original post by Mattvr)
    Aye. In a time of austerity, people should be encouraged to spend wisely. Gambling can easily become an addiction, thus causing a huge amount of wasted money.
    But do you not think people should be trusted with their own money?
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    (Original post by Qwertish)
    But do you not think people should be trusted with their own money?
    Yes, I do. But by limiting propaganda, and making it harder to gamble, surely that would help, somewhat. It's like plain packaging on cigarettes - it's not so well displayed and attractive.


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      (Original post by Mattvr)
      Aye. In a time of austerity, people should be encouraged to spend wisely. Gambling can easily become an addiction, thus causing a huge amount of wasted money.
      Wait so say I had paid my bills, places £x into a pension/investment/savings plan and then had a surplus, you'd see me as being reckless with my money and want to outlaw a source of fun for myself? So what if it's a waste to you, to myself it's not a waste as it's a source of fun. What's a waste to one is a treasure to another!

      Who are you, the financial police?
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      (Original post by tehFrance)
      Wait so say I had paid my bills, places £x into a pension/investment/savings plan and then had a surplus, you'd see me as being reckless with my money and want to outlaw a source of fun for myself? So what if it's a waste to you, to myself it's not a waste as it's a source of fun. What's a waste to one is a treasure to another!

      Who are you, the financial police?
      Wearing the same glasses as the ones that I wore whilst posting the original comment, I'd say you've spent your money pretty wisely - you've paid all the bills, put money aside, and still even had a surplus (you really must be doing something right!). I'm not saying we should be totally autocratic about how people spend their money, I said we should encourage it being spent wisely. No, circumstantially, I wouldn't see you as "reckless".
      I'm not quite sure your 'phrase', if it could even be called that, fits such a situation, har har har.

      Nice joke, I'll put it in a Christmas cracker.
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      If people want to fritter their money away on gambling, that is entirely their choice. Everyone has free will - if you make a mistake, it is up to YOU to fix it and the state's job should not be to nanny people.
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      Nay - I'm usually authoritarian on most issues but this is ridiculous. It's a step close to a totalitarian country.

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      Aye. In a time of austerity, people should be encouraged to spend wisely. Gambling can easily become an addiction, thus causing a huge amount of wasted money.
      So does alcohol, do we ban that? What about junk food and fast food restaurants? Not everyone can eat healthily and junk food can become addictive. Pay day lenders don't help either. Car repossessions are increasing as people buy what they can't afford. Come to think of it, pretty much every consumer product can be prevents from providing sponsorship and advertising as some people waste money on them when they can't afford to and unfortunately become addicted.

      A small minority of society being incapable of spending money wisely and planning ahead is not cause to ban things.
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      No as before, this kind of constant nannying belongs in a piece of dystopian fiction, not a liberal democracy like the UK. Gambling is a perfectly healthy activity for most people, our focus shouldn't be on trying to induce death on an industry but to target our help towards the small minority of people who do have a very real gambling problem. This bill does nothing for them and only serves to penalise the industry as a whole which will ALWAYS be transferred to EVERY end consumer, and that only goes to hurt the gamblers themselves. Gambling, like alcohol, is not a "problem" and it doesn't need "fixing". It's a shame that we're even debating such fascistic proposals really.
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      (Original post by The Politisphere)
      So does alcohol, do we ban that? What about junk food and fast food restaurants? Not everyone can eat healthily and junk food can become addictive. Pay day lenders don't help either. Car repossessions are increasing as people buy what they can't afford. Come to think of it, pretty much every consumer product can be prevents from providing sponsorship and advertising as some people waste money on them when they can't afford to and unfortunately become addicted.
      The difference is that if one buys and consumes too much alcohol, they die. If they eat too much junk food over a relatively short period of time, they could have a heart attack, and die. Nor does mcDonald's operate a system where you put £X into a machine to win a Big Mac, and £2,000 later you win a small fries. If someone (on an average salary) bought a £200,000 super car today, I doubt that they are consciously going to go and buy another £400,000 car tomorrow, and a £50,000 car the day after.

      Once again, I am in favour of this bill because I want to help the people make positive steps in their life by putting money aside for tomorrow and not 'wasting' it today.
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      (Original post by The Politisphere)
      Nay - I'm usually authoritarian on most issues but this is ridiculous. It's a step close to a totalitarian country.



      So does alcohol, do we ban that? What about junk food and fast food restaurants? Not everyone can eat healthily and junk food can become addictive. Pay day lenders don't help either. Car repossessions are increasing as people buy what they can't afford. Come to think of it, pretty much every consumer product can be prevents from providing sponsorship and advertising as some people waste money on them when they can't afford to and unfortunately become addicted.

      A small minority of society being incapable of spending money wisely and planning ahead is not cause to ban things.
      We're not banning gambling, read the bill more closely.
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      (Original post by O133)
      We're not banning gambling, read the bill more closely.
      I know, you're banning allowing gambling firms to advertise and provide sponsorship. The Postcode Lottery isn't exempt and we've all seen adverts for that on TV. Why is the National Lottery exempt but not the Postcode Lottery?

      Gambling firms whether they be Foxy Bingo or Ladbrokes provide £millions in sponsorship, who will replace them?

      (Original post by Mattvr)
      The difference is that if one buys and consumes too much alcohol, they die. If they eat too much junk food over a relatively short period of time, they could have a heart attack, and die. Nor does mcDonald's operate a system where you put £X into a machine to win a Big Mac, and £2,000 later you win a small fries. If someone (on an average salary) bought a £200,000 super car today, I doubt that they are consciously going to go and buy another £400,000 car tomorrow, and a £50,000 car the day after.

      Once again, I am in favour of this bill because I want to help the people make positive steps in their life by putting money aside for tomorrow and not 'wasting' it today.
      Death from alcohol and fast food is far more serious than someone running up debt. If I were you, I would want to help those who kill themselves first. You have failed to answer TehFrance's and Jarred's question: "Why should everyone else be punished for the sake of a small minority?"

      The revenue form sponsorships by gambling companies helps millions of people across the country. There is already a shortage of sponsorship money and this bill will make it worse.

      Why can't the same principles be used to prevent alcohol companies, tobacco companies and fast food companies from advertising or providing sponsorship?
     
     
     
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