Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson raised concerns about the dangers of gambling during a meeting with senior William Hill managers this week as he visited one of their two Maghull stores.
Bill met with operations managers for the betting shop chain at their Liverpool Road North office.
The MP met with district operations manager Tony O'Callaghan, area operations manager Martyn Pearce and public affairs manager Lewis Rogers.
He also got the chance to meet staff at the Maghull shop and hear just what support William Hill provides to people who have gambling addictions, including a pioneering self-exclusion programme.
Speaking after the meeting, Bill said: "Like lots of other people, I have some very real concerns about betting shops on our high streets. These are very difficult times for lots of people. They don't have a lot of spare money - if any. So I have serious concerns about people being enticed to gamble away what little money they may have.
"It was specifically this issue, together with concerns about excessive and underage gambling that I raised during my visit to the Liverpool Road North betting shop this week.
"They told me about the measures that they have in place to deal with these issues, which include the self-exclusion scheme in which customers can voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling in William Hill shops for a given time.
"They also detailed to me the measures which they have in place to ensure that only people who are old enough can gamble, including working closely with GamCare and all other steps that are taken to ensure that the the shops are responsible businesses within the community."
While at the shop, Bill met William Hill's Liverpool Road North shop deputy manager Jess Daniels who is from Maghull.
Bill said: "William Hill employ six local people in this one shop alone. On average the total number of people working for William Hill aged 18-24 is 25%. Over 50% are women.
"Jess told me that she has worked here for two years and has been given the training to become deputy manager and potentially go on further with the company.
"That kind of career opportunity at the moment has to be welcomed."