Sweepstakes and Lotteries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Unemployment. – in the House of Commons on 2nd June 1938.

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Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the advisability of setting up a committee to examine the existing law in relation to sweepstakes, lotteries, and various forms of betting including pools?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

These questions were exhaustively considered by the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting, which reported as recently as 1933, and I do not think that anything would be gained by holding any further inquiry at the present time.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the state of the law is chaotic at the present time?

Photo of Mr Samuel Hoare Mr Samuel Hoare , Chelsea

No, Sir. That would be too wide a generalisation to place upon the position.

Photo of Mr Harry Day Mr Harry Day , Southwark Central

If representations are made by all sections of the House, will the right hon. Gentleman consider setting up a committee?

Photo of Major Frank Heilgers Major Frank Heilgers , Bury St Edmunds

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the racing world is quite satisfied with the existing state of affairs?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Even after yesterday?