—(1) On an application referred to a Committee under section 159(2), the Committee may make a family exclusion order against a respondent if —
there is a reasonable apprehension that the respondent may cause serious harm to family members because of his gambling;
the Committee is satisfied that the making of the order is appropriate in the circumstances;
subject to section 165C, the respondent has been given an opportunity to object to the application; and
the Committee is satisfied that it would be in the best interests of the respondent and his family members to make the order.
(2) For the purposes of this Part, a respondent is to be regarded as having caused serious harm to family members because of his gambling if the respondent —
has engaged in gambling activities irresponsibly having regard to the needs and welfare of the respondent’s family members; and
has done so repeatedly over a period of not less than 3 months or in a particularly irresponsible manner over a lesser period.
(3) A Committee may decide that there is a reasonable apprehension that a respondent may cause serious harm to family members because of his gambling if the Committee is satisfied that —
the respondent has caused such harm prior to the complaint, according to the test set out in subsection (2); and
there is reason to believe that the respondent’s irresponsible gambling behaviour will continue or recur.
(4) A Committee may, in determining whether there is a reasonable apprehension that a respondent may cause serious harm to family members because of his gambling, take into account events that have taken place outside Singapore.
(5) If a respondent disputes some or all of the grounds on which a family exclusion order is sought or made but consents to the order, a Committee may make or confirm the order without receiving any further submissions or evidence as to the grounds.
(6) A Committee may, at any stage, dismiss an application if the Committee is satisfied that the application is frivolous, vexatious, without substance or has no reasonable prospect of success.
(7) A Committee shall report to the Council its decision on every application referred to the Committee accordingly and briefly state the reasons for its decision.