A lawmaker has urged the government to review the composition of the gambling regulator, the Betting and Lotteries Commission, saying some members' affiliation with the Jockey Club, to which gambling is core, runs contrary to the policy of discouraging the practice. Wong Sing-chi of the Democratic Party voiced his concern during the Legislative Council meeting yesterday on the appointment of the commission. He said half of its 12 non-official members were also Jockey Club members. 'Is it a reversal of the policy? Will the government appoint other members in future?' he asked. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said the Betting Duty Ordinance did not bar Jockey Club members from serving on the commission, whose members came from various sectors and were selected for their talent, experience, conduct and willingness to serve. 'I think we should treat commission members more fairly,' he said. The commission, whose members are appointed by the chief executive, advises the government on the regulation of horse-race betting, soccer betting and lotteries. Its current two-year term ends on July 31. Independent legislator Lam Tai-fai, from the industrial sector, criticised the Jockey Club policy of allowing children under the age of 18 whose parents owned horses to enter Sha Tin racecourse. 'We have confirmed that this arrangement does not contravene any terms of the club,' Mr Tsang said. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king also expressed concern about youth gambling. She suggested newspapers be required to separate betting information from sports sections. Mr Tsang said newspapers were free to arrange pages as they saw fit.