HC Deb 17 February 1927 vol 202 c1083
14. Mr. SCURR

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the growing practice of raising money for charitable objects by means of competitions and ballots; whether he is aware that many of these are conducted by advertisers who derive profits from the scheme and often issue misleading advertisements regarding the allocation of the funds; and whether he will cause an investigation to be made into the conduct of schemes of this character?


I do not think a general inquiry of the kind suggested would be fruitful in its results. Any particular case in which irregularities amounting to a criminal offence are suspected would be a matter for investigation by the police, to whom the facts should be reported.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in a recent case £42,000 was subscribed to a charity, and only £15,000 reached the charity?


Really, the hon. Gentleman must give details. I cannot carry all these figures in my head. If he is of opinion that any representations he has made to the police have not been properly dealt with, there is a remedy by communicating with me.

Colonel DAY

What steps were taken with regard to the whist drive to which I called the right hon. Gentleman's attention, where over £00,000 was subscribed?


Notice should be given of that question.

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