§ 48. Mr. NORTH
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is satisfied that the existing staff employed for the purpose is adequate to prevent the use of the inland post for the transmission of legal and illegal lottery tickets; and whether there is any intention to increase the staff or issue new instructions as a result of recent legislation dealing with lotteries?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir Kingsley Wood)
I am satisfied that the existing arrangements are adequate. The position will be kept under review.
§ 49. Mr. NORTH
asked the Postmaster-General whether Post Office messengers are permitted to carry packages conveying lottery tickets either of a legal or illegal nature, respectively; and whether 383 he intends to issue any new instructions in this matter as a result of recent legislation legalising certain lotteries?
§ Sir K. WOOD
Post Office messengers receive the same instructions as other Post Office servants, and the answer to both parts of the question is in the negative.
§ 50. Mr. NORTH
asked the Postmaster-General whether he will consider the desirability of introducing in the public interest amended regulations at an early date enabling the Post Office to accept for transmission any letter containing any voucher, ticket, or coupon in a competition or lottery which is legal under the Betting and Lotteries Act of 1934?
§ Sir K. WOOD
As was explained in answer to my hon. Friend's question on the 4th instant, the tickets of lotteries which have become legal under the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934, are not transmissible by post; and the question of issuing amended regulations does not therefore arise.