November 14, 2018 / 1:08 PM / a month ago

PM May says culture minister to set out gambling machine changes

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, leaves 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s culture minister will set out further details later on Wednesday on the government’s planned cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), Prime Minister Theresa May said.

The government is facing a defeat on its budget legislation in parliament next week after many lawmakers from May’s own Conservatives backed an amendment which would force it to bring forward the timing of the cut from October to April next year.

Asked in parliament whether the government would now bring forward the change, May said: “I recognise the strength of feeling on this issue ... our priority is making sure this change delivers the results we all want to see, we are listening to the concerns being raised by colleagues.”

“The culture secretary will set out further details later today.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; editing by Stephen Addison

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