Camelot has defended its plans to enter the e-payment market following a stinging attack by PayPoint.

The lottery operator published a set of remedies earlier this week in an attempt to reverse the National Lottery Commission's provisional block on its plan to offer e-top-ups – prompting PayPoint to brand its claims “false”.

Now Camelot has hit back, claiming PayPoint's statement was "self-serving and contains a number of inaccuracies".

"The NLC has been at pains to point out that its mind is entirely open as to the final decision," Camelot said in a statement. "For PayPoint to suggest that Camelot is wrong to claim that it could still progress with its proposals is highly presumptuous."

It added: "PayPoint goes on to again wrongly claim that retail opinion is not on Camelot’s side, while seeming to position itself as the unappointed voice of the trade bodies.

“Camelot has received significant public, on-the-record retail support for its proposals, from the NRFN and NFSP, which respectively represent the views of thousands of retailers."

The NLC's consultation on Camelot's proposals closes on 17 September.

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PayPoint goes on offensive over ‘false’ Camelot claims (5 August 2010)
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Camelot ban sparks calls for fair play in e-payment sector (analysis; 24 July 2010)