HC Deb 08 June 1917 vol 94 c565

As amended, considered.

Motion made, and Question proposed, -"That the Bill be now read the third time."


In Committee my hon. Friend (Mr. Watt) commented on the fact that this Bill should have been promoted by, among other bodies, the Glasgow Corporation, which at the same time was itself engaged in a shameless lottery. The object of this Bill is to make illegal the use of certain machines which are regarded as gaming in their character, but which the decisions of the Scottish Courts, unlike the English Courts, had held not to be within the existing gaining law. The inconsistency of that position was obvious, and as the result of the discussion then I understand the Lord Advocate has decided that the operations of the Glasgow Corporation are actually within the law, and that these operations are now to come to an end. As my hon. and learned Friend is unable to be here to-day, I think in the circumstances he will regard his action on a former occasion as being entirely justified. In the circumstances I do not think there is any necessity to discuss the Bill further. Obviously, if any public body desires to extend the gaming laws, it should itself have clean hands in the matter. As this is the position, I offer no objection to the Third Reading.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill read the third time, and passed.