HC Deb 26 March 1936 vol 310 c1391

asked the Home Secretary to what extent the Racecourse Betting Control Board have utilised profits from the totalisator for the benefit of horse-breeding, veterinary surgery, and the relief of injured jockeys during the past 12 months?


During the past 12 months the Racecourse Betting Control Board, with the approval of my right hon. Friend, have made the following grants from the Totalisator Fund for "improvements in the breeds of horses." In 1935 a grant of £5,000 was made to the Hunters' Improvement and National Light Horse Breeding Society for stallion premiums and a similar grant is being made in 1936. My right hon. Friend has under consideration a recommendation from the board for a grant (of £300) to the National Pony Society for premiums for stallions of the breeds of ponies indigenous to this country. As regards veterinary science, my right hon. Friend has approved of a grant from the Totalisator Fund of £600 for an investigation into the cause of certain diseases in horses which is being undertaken by the board in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and has under consideration further recommendations from the board, based, I understand, on advice received from the Agricultural Research Council. As regards relief of injured jockeys, the board, with the approval of my right hon. Friend, have made a grant of £3,000 to the National Hunt Committee for assistance this year to their accident fund for jockeys riding in National Hunt races.


Is the Home Secretary quite sure that the Racecourse Betting Control Board has made any profit yet?