Gaming Board (Chairman)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th July 1968.

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Photo of Sir Timothy Kitson Sir Timothy Kitson , Richmond (Yorks) 12:00 am, 25th July 1968

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will announce the name of the Chairman of the Gaming Board.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

On behalf of my right hon. Friend, I want to express an apology to the hon. Gentleman and to the House for the absence of Home Office Ministers at the time when this Question was reached. The following is the answer to the Question.

My right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement shortly.

Photo of Sir Timothy Kitson Sir Timothy Kitson , Richmond (Yorks)

Would the hon. Member suggest to his right hon. Friend that before he makes up his mind he should not overlook the claims of the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Rossendale (Mr. Greenwood)?

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

I will bring to the attention of my right hon. Friend the hon. Gentleman's considerations, but I can assure him, he has the matter very well in mind.

Photo of Mr Quintin Hogg Mr Quintin Hogg , St Marylebone

Passing over that supplementary, could the hon. Gentleman pass on to his right hon. Friend that this matter is becoming increasingly urgent? He will have seen the reports of cases in the courts today and yesterday. The situation is rapidly becoming intolerable.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

My right hon. Friend is aware of the importance of making an announcement. As I said in my original reply, he hopes it will be soon.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

Is my hon. Friend aware that there was a great deal of discussion on the Chairmanship of this Board in Committee on the Bill? Could he give further information to the House as to what sort of person my right hon. Friend is looking for for this job? Is he thinking of a judge or someone from the gaming world?

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. Questions must be brief.

Photo of Mr Albert Murray Mr Albert Murray , Gravesend

Is my hon. Friend aware of the possibility of appointing a Member of Parliament who would then be disqualified from sitting in the House? Is he aware that there are half a dozen names I could give him?