As part of its drive to find GB£60m worth of “efficiency savings” by 2012/13, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced the proposed merger of the National Lottery Commission (NLC) and Gambling Commission.

The DCMS believes merging the two commissions, along with another proposed merger of the British Film Institute and UK Film Council, could save GB£10m.
Such a move was prosposed by the Conservatives’ Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in November 2009. He vowed to save GB£186m from National Lottery administration costs annually.
Hunt also said the NLC would be abolished and its regulatory role given to the Gambling Commission.