Opposition Day — Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and Betting Shops — 8 Jan 2014 at 18:51

The majority of MPs voted against giving local councils powers to prevent the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals and betting shops

The motion rejected by the majority of MPs in this vote was:

  • That this House
  • is concerned that the clustering of betting shops in or close to deprived communities is being driven by increasing revenue from fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) rather than traditional over the counter betting;
  • believes that this has encouraged betting shop operators to open more than one premises in close proximity to one another;
  • is aware of the growing concern in many communities about the detrimental effect this is having on the diversity and character of UK high streets;
  • is alarmed that people can stake as much as £100 every 20 seconds on these machines;
  • is further concerned that the practice of single staffing in betting shops leaves staff vulnerable and deters them from intervening if customers suffer heavy losses thereby undermining efforts by the betting industry to protect vulnerable customers;
  • further believes that local authorities should be able to establish a separate planning class for betting shops and that they should be given additional licensing powers to determine the number of FOBT machines within existing and proposed shops and to require that the machines are modified to slow the rate of play and to interrupt when people play for long periods; and
  • calls on the Government to put local people before the interests of the betting shop operators and give local authorities the powers they need to respond to concerns from their local communities and stop the proliferation of FOBT machines and betting shops.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con268 (+1 tell) 1088.5%
DUP0 2025.0%
Green0 10100.0%
Independent1 0050.0%
Lab0 221 (+2 tell)086.8%
LDem45 (+1 tell) 0082.1%
PC0 1033.3%
SDLP0 1033.3%
SNP0 5083.3%
Total:314 232085.8%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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Zac GoldsmithRichmond ParkCon (front bench)aye

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