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Wales health survey lacks gambling question

The Welsh government has refused to add questions about internet gambling in a national health survey despite a request from the gambling regulator.

Campaigners called it disappointing and said internet gambling may be leading to a new generation of problem gamblers, of which there could be tens of thousands in Wales.

The health minister said the survey must focus on core topics.

The online gambling industry is worth £2bn in the UK, employing 7,000 people.

BBC Radio Wales' Eye on Wales programme said figures gathered by UK social research charity NatCen suggested there could be at least 20,000 problem gamblers in Wales. Felicity Evans reports.

Survey gambling omission criticism

  • 04 Mar 2013
  • From the section Wales