Gaming / Regulation / 24 October 2016

Brigid Simmonds comments on announcement from Department for Culture, Media & Sport – Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, has today commented on the announcement from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport that they will conduct a review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures:

“We look forward to responding to this review on behalf of the pub sector, as we have done in previous years.

“The income derived from fruit machines (Category C) is important to the economics of many pubs, in particular community pubs. Fruit machines are ancillary to the main reason customers visit pubs, and the sector has no wish to change the nature of their traditional offering.

“However, the stake and prize level currently on offer in pubs does not meet the expectations of the consumer, and we will be looking to ensure that pubs can continue to offer amusement machines in a socially responsible manner, that are attractive for customers to play as part of their overall experience in our venues.”

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