Dear Gambling Commission,

I am seeking any information held by the Gambling Commission regarding the ultimate beneficial operators of licensed betting operators (LBOs) in the UK.

Specifically, I would like to see a list of LBOs with their controlling parties, preferably individuals but also companies.

Yours faithfully,

Rob Davies

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request for information which we are processing as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order for us to process this request as accurately as possible, could you clarify the type of licence you are looking for. In your email you have requested ' information regarding the ultimate beneficial operators of licensed betting operators (LBOs) in the UK'; does this request refer to non-remote betting licence, the type held typically by a high street betting shop or remote betting licence, typically the type held by someone who takes bets online.

We aim to deal with all requests promptly and in any event, no later than 20 working days in line with the statutory requirement. In this case, 20 working days will begin from when clarification is received.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Dear Freedom of Information,

Thanks, happy for it to be just remote operators.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Davies

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your response.

So that we can be absolutly clear in porocessing your request; you are look for remote betting operators rather than any other form remote operator.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Dear Freedom of Information,

I think we may be talking at cross purposes here. No, I mean all forms of remote gambling. I realise that within the industry, betting is a sub-category. In common parlance, most people tend to use it interchangeably with gambling but I should have known not to do that!

For the avoidance of doubt - I'm looking for info on the beneficial owners of ALL remote gambling operators.

Yours sincerely,

Rob Davies

Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for clarifying request for information which we are processing as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We aim to deal with all requests promptly and in any event, no later than 20 working days in line with the statutory requirement. In this case 20/02/2020

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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Freedom of Information, Gambling Commission

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

In your email you have requested information on the beneficial owners of all gambling operators who hold a remote licence granted by us.

We do not currently categorise our licensing records in such a way that we can easily extract the data you have requested. To identify this information would require us to manually review the application details each of our operators holding a remote licence.

Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for public authorities, such as the Commission, is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information. We estimate that it would take in excess of 2.5 working days to determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract any relevant information in reference to your request as there approximately 1050 records which contain relevant information and would need to be checked. If you are able to narrow your request, we may be able to provide some data by working up to the time limit.

Until we are able to process the search and retrieval of the information you have requested, that can be provided within the statutory time limit, we are unable to ascertain if other exemptions will apply to the material retrieved, which would also prevent disclosure.

Please note, any refined request would be processed as a new request and the 20 working day statutory time limit would apply.

You may find it helpful to know that the Commission only grants an operating licence after rigorous examination of the applicant’s suitability to hold a licence.

In considering an applicant's suitability the Commission also assess the suitability of those persons considered relevant to the application. The persons considered relevant may vary, depending on a company’s structure, an includes people who are likely to exercise a function in connection with, or to have an interest in, the licensed activities.

The Commission carefully examines evidence of the following factors to enable it to assess an applicant’s suitability:

•Identity and ownership – the identity of the applicant and or persons(s) relevant to the application, and, in the case of an application for an operating licence, who ultimately owns a corporate applicant.
•Finances – financial and other circumstances of the applicant and or persons(s) relevant to the application, past and present. For operating licences this will include the resources likely to be able to carry out the licensed activities.
•Integrity – the honesty and trustworthiness of the applicant and or persons(s) relevant to the application
•Criminality – criminal record of the applicant and or persons(s) relevant to the application
•Upholding the licensing objectives – applicants for an operating licence are asked about their policies for ensuring the licensing objectives will be adhered to. Guidance is provided on the Commission’s website and in the guidance notes that accompany the application form.

To ensure that applicants are candid with the Commission, section 342 of the Gambling Act 2005 makes it a criminal offence to provide false or misleading information to the Commission without reasonable excuse. This section also allows us to take action to cancel any licence granted as a consequence of such false information being provided.

Review of the decision

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your Freedom of Information request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to FOI Team, Gambling Commission, 4th floor, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B2 4BP.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner (ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Gambling Commission. The ICO can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

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Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
Birmingham B2 4BP

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