HC Deb 20 December 1934 vol 296 cc1302-3
6. Mr. PIKE

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the fact that the organisation, sale, and distribution of tickets in the Irish Free State hospitals sweepstake to be drawn in connection with the Grand National Steeplechase run in March, 1935, had been in progress prior to the passing into law of the Betting and Lotteries Act, and that thousands of tickets have been purchased by persons resident in this country, he will alter the date upon which the Act is enforceable from 1st January, 1935, to 30th April, 1935?


No, Sir; legislation would be required for this purpose.


If I put down a question to the right hon. Gentleman asking him whether he would delay the operation of the Act to 1st April, does he not think that that would be a more appropriate date?


That does not arise from the original question.