131. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which and when he plans to update the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. [11005/19]


Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I am happy to update the Deputy on my plans to update the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956.
I hope to publish the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill, early in the current Oireachtas session. This will be an interim reform measure, pending the bringing forward of comprehensive gambling control legislation. 
The amendments proposed under the  Bill address certain deficiencies with regard to the conduct of activities regulated under the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956, and provide for the modernisation of that Act by way of, among other matters, arrangements for the better promotion of lotteries, updating certain stake and prize limits and standardising the minimum gambling age at 18.