301. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when she will publish the gambling control Bill; when the legislation is expected to be enacted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [3524/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Government approved the General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill in July 2013. A copy of the Scheme is available on my Department's website. The Scheme was referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel in July 2013 for the purposes of drafting a Bill.
While it is my intention to proceed with this legislation at the earliest possible opportunity, it is not possible at this point to state when the Bill is likely to be published or enacted.