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UK gambling age limit change proposed

9 July 2007

UNITED KINGDOM -- As reported by the UK Daily Mail: "The age limit for all forms of gambling should be raised to 18 amid alarming evidence that tens of thousands of children are addicts, a Tory report will say next week.

"Britain is the only country in the world that allows children of any age to play slot machines with jackpots of up to £5, while 16-year-olds may buy lottery tickets and scratchcards and play the football pools.

"An analysis by a leading gambling expert for David Cameron's policy commission on social justice has found that 3.5 per cent of all youngsters aged 11 to 15 - around 100,000 children - are considered problem gamblers, the Daily Mail has learned.

"Mr Cameron is expected to endorse the findings of the commission, headed by former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, due to be published next week..."

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