§ 62. Mr. ANSTRUTHER-GRAY
asked the Home Secretary whether the Racecourse Betting Control Board are taking steps to advertise the substantial assistance rendered to horse-racing and horse-breeding by the grants made over from the profits of the board?
I understand that, apart from the information on this subject contained in the board's annual reports, the Racecourse Betting Control Board on each occasion when grants have 1105 been approved, have published the facts through the Press. I also understand that the board have taken suitable opportunities of advertising the fact that the surplus funds derived from the operation of the totalisator on horse-racecourses are to be devoted to the national sport of horse-racing, charities, veterinary science and education, and horse-breeding.
§ Mr. ANSTRUTHER-GRAY
In view of the fact that a larger proportion of bets might be transferred to the totalisator if the public were brought to appreciate how much this form of betting may help racing and horse-breeding, will my hon. and gallant. Friend consider extending the advertisement of the good work done by the Racecourse Betting Control Board?
It is for the board to consider whether, by spending a little more money on advertisements, they would get better returns, and not for the Home Office to do so.
§ Mr. H. WILLIAMS
May I ask whether those amounts are paid out of the overdraft of the Racecourse Betting Control Board?