Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Thank you for your recent email.

I certainly agree with you that fixed odds betting terminals are a real problem – and I was amongst those who pressed for the new regulations on them.  

However, I have to say that I really don’t think it is sensible to make this change at a speed which the industry finds very difficult to accommodate – given that they have accepted the change as long as it is implemented six months later. 

In practice, it is usually much better to change regulations in ways that have the backing and acceptance of the people who have to implement the changes – because change is then carried out in the proper spirit and is much more likely to be effective.