Department for Culture Media and Sport


We are responsible for government policy in this area. However, racing is regulated by independent bodies.

Horseracing is regulated and governed by the British Horseracing Authority.

Greyhound racing is regulated by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain.

We take a close interest in the welfare of horses and greyhounds, though this issue is within the remit of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

We sponsor two independent public bodies, which comply with the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 (as amended) and are not controlled by the Government. These are: 

The Horserace Betting Levy

The Horserace Betting Levy is a statutory levy collected and distributed by the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB). Contributions are made by bookmakers. The money helps to fund:

  • the improvement of horseracing
  • the improvement of breeds of horses
  • the advancement of veterinary science and education

Latest News

The Horserace Totalisator Board (tote) Annual report and accounts 2010/11 has been published [01 December 2011]

Responses to a pre-consultation on the future of the Horserace Betting Levy [26 July 2011]

The Secretary of State made his determination on 16 February 2011 and wrote to the Levy Board Chairman, Paul Lee, on 17 February. Identical letters were also sent to the other Government Appointed Members, the Levy Board Members representing British Horseracing and the Chairman of the Bookmakers’ Committee. [16 February 2011]

The Secretary of State wrote to the Chairman of the Horserace Betting Levy Board (PDF 80kb) in November 2010, setting out the process he would be following and asking the Government Appointed Members of the board for their views as to what the terms of the 50th Levy should be. The Secretary of State received this submission in December 2010 and invited the Bookmakers’ Committee and Board members representing British Racing to submit their comments on it to him by January 2011. View the response and previous submissions. [10 January2011]

The Government previously announced that it would be responsible for determining the 50th Horserace Betting Levy after the parties involved failed to reach agreement ahead of the deadline for a settlement. [1 November 2010]