Rules for Authorised Lotteries

Part of Clause 9 – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th April 1975.

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Photo of Mr Stephen Ross Mr Stephen Ross , Isle of Wight 12:00 am, 30th April 1975

We have responsible local authorities. As I happened to serve on one for seven years, I can perhaps recall that twice we were on the point of signing a contract for a swimming pool but we came up against a financial crisis, when the Government asked local authorities to cut back. We obeyed those instructions. We were not one of the authorities which ignored Government requests and had a spending spree. We are law-abiding and we play the game, and therefore we have lost out. Hence the chance to do something has been denied us because of the niggardliness of the Government. It is ridiculous to have to wait for another Bill in a year's time. I beg the Government to accept the amendment.