§ 33. Mr. ISAAC FOOT
asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the £4,500,000 competition Sweepstake which is to be organized immediately and for which 9,000,000 tickets have been printed; and whether the organisation of such a competition will be allowed as being within the existing law?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The Commissioner of Police, who is responsible for enforcing 1324 the law in the Metropolitan Police District, was advised that the scheme for this competition constituted an illegal lottery. He accordingly on the 23rd instant caused the promoters and the printers of the tickets to be warned that unless the scheme were abandoned forthwith he would have no alternative but to institute proceedings against those responsible. I understand that the scheme has now been abandoned.
§ Mr. FOOT
Having regard to what has taken place in this matter, are the Government prepared to reconsider what was said last week; and, having regard to the urgency of this matter and the dislocation of our law, will the Government consider putting into operation some of the recommendations of the Lotteries Commission?
§ Major MILNER
Apart from the legal considerations, has the right hon. Gentleman any reason to doubt the bond fides of the scheme and of those responsible for it?
§ Captain PETER MACDONALD
If a scheme such as this is illegal, why is so much money allowed to go out of the country to subsidise the Irish Free State Government, who in turn subsidise their industry against this country?