774. Deputy Thomas Gould asked the Minister for Justice when the request for pre-legislative scrutiny of the general scheme of the gambling control Bill will be submitted. [53243/21]
Minister of State at the Department of Justice (Deputy James Browne): As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for Government gives a clear commitment to establish a gambling regulator focused on public safety and well-being, covering gambling online and in person, and the powers to regulate advertising, gambling websites and apps.
On 19 October 2021, the Government approved the publication of the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill. The General Scheme sets out the framework and legislative basis for the establishment of a new independent, statutory body – the Gambling Regulatory Authority of Ireland (“the Authority”) – and for a robust regulatory and licensing regime for the gambling sector. I have now written to the Joint Oireachtas Committee referring the General Scheme for pre-legislative scrutiny.
A copy of the General Scheme and further information can be found on my Department's website at: www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR21000265.