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.
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?