Oral Answers to Questions — Poker Playing (Clubs)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 March 1945.

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Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone 12:00, 1 March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he proposes to introduce legislation to legalise the playing of poker as well as bridge in clubs.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I have no power to pronounce an opinion on the question of law whether the playing of poker in clubs is in all circumstances illegal, and I can only say that I do not propose to introduce legislation to amend the law relating to gaming.

Photo of Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid Captain Alec Cunningham-Reid , St Marylebone

Is not present legislation being unfairly administered, in view of the fact that small social clubs are being raided while large clubs, with a distinguished membership, are continuing to play poker?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I notice with interest that my hon. and gallant Friend has joined in class warfare. My information does not confirm what he says.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite:

Is it not possible to study poker faces on the Front Bench at Question time?