In view of the difficulty under the existing law in dealing with gaming parties held in premises taken for one night only, and of the harm which is liable to be done, especially in time of war, by these methods of evading the law, it is proposed to strengthen the existing legal provisions by a Defence Regulation making gaming parties which are organised for gain unlawful, wherever they are held. I hope that, by these means, it will be possible to put an end to the scandal of a device by which those who make a profitable business out of providing facilities for gambling have hitherto evaded the law on the subject.
I have, of course, kept in close touch with the Metropolitan Police. The action which I have announced will be taken under the Defence Regulations, and I hope the new powers will be adequate. I hope the House will share my determination that this kind of parasitical growth on the war effort shall be eliminated.