Oral Answers to Questions — Football Pools.

– in the House of Commons on 30th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Morgan Mr Robert Morgan , Stourbridge

asked the Home Secretary whether he will take action for the suppression of football pools in wartime, in view of the need for saving paper, utilising man- and woman-power on the most useful lines, and promoting war savings?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

The amount of business transacted by the football pool companies has greatly decreased since the outbreak of war. For example, the amount paid into the pools by the public in the form of postal orders was in the 1941–42 season 80 per cent. less than in 1938–39. On the information before me I hardly think there are any sufficient grounds to justify singling out this particular form of amusement for repressive measures.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Would not the suppression of football pools result in a great loss of revenue to the Post Office and, therefore, to the Exchequer, and ought not everything be done to encourage a hobby which occupies people at home, saving transport and other wasteful expenditure?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I am afraid my hon. and gallant Friend is trying morally to draw me in the opposite direction; I think I had better not get there either.