§ 80. Sir. W. DAVISON
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in view of the additional evidence
§ the particulars which my hon. Friend desires.
§ Following are the particulars:
§ recently submitted to him that there is a general demand for a clarification of the law relating to lotteries, raffles and sweepstakes, he is now prepared to take steps in the matter?813
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Clynes)
I have received from the hon. Member certain documents, including a statement signed by a number of hon. Members representing that the law relating to raffles and sweepstakes requires the immediate attention of the Home Office. I have carefully considered this material, but, as I have informed the hon. Member, I am unable to regard it as proof of any general demand of the kind to which I referred in my reply to the hon. Member for Central Southwark (Mr. Day) on the 11th December last, namely, a general demand that I should look into the question of setting up a committee to investigate, as a practical question, the conditions and safeguards which would be necessary and appropriate if lotteries were to be permitted as a method of raising money for approved public purposes. I have received representations from several quarters protesting against the proposal that sweepstakes should be legalised for the purpose of assisting charitable objects.
§ Sir W. DAVISON
Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that the memorial which I submitted to him covers the point which he raised, namely, that the matter should be inquired into, and will he appoint a committee to see what safeguards are required in order that lotteries or sweepstakes for public purposes may be legalised?
§ Mr. CLYNES
As my reply indicates I did not regard the evidence which the hon. Member was good enough to supply to me as answering the suggestion which I made, that, if a general demand was shown to me, I would consider it. To a very great extent, the evidence submitted by the hon. Member has been balanced by opposite evidence.
§ Sir W. DAVISON
What evidence of a general demand would the right hon. Gentleman accept? Is he aware that I submitted a memorial sent by Saint Batholomew's Hospital signed by 3,000 people, of whom 2,000 were in the affirmative?