MPs launch inquiry into society lotteries

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will consider matters including the case for relaxing regulation of the proportion of proceeds that go to good causes

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The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has launched an inquiry into society lotteries.

The committee announced on its page on the parliament website yesterday that it wanted written evidence for a short inquiry into society lotteries "and their place within a system that includes the Health Lottery and the National Lottery".

The terms of reference for the inquiry say that the committee will consider whether there is a case for "relaxing the regulatory requirements relating either to the minimum amount of proceeds that a society lottery has to return to good causes or in other areas".

It will also consider how it can be ensured that the market delivers the maximum benefit to good causes and the comparative regulatory positions and protections attaching to society lotteries, the Health Lottery and the National Lottery.

The committee is expected to hold two or three evidence sessions from early October, with invited organisations likely to include the Gambling Commission, the National Lottery operator Camelot and the Health Lottery.

A report is expected to be published in late November.

Organisations and individuals wishing to submit evidence to the committee have until 6 October.

The committee has previously touched on issues relating to society lotteries and particularly the Health Lottery, which is made up of 51 society lotteries acting under one brand.

Its 2012 report on the Gambling Act 2005 said that government should provide clarity on what constituted a national lottery.

"If the government decides to allow more than one national lottery then it should ensure fair competition by requiring any new national lottery provider to pay lottery duty and meet the same legal requirements as the existing National Lottery operator," it said at the time.

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