HC Deb 15 February 1938 vol 331 c1680
39. Mr. McLean Watson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been called to the operation of a gaming machine known as the Bell fruit-gaming machine; and whether he proposes to take steps to prevent gambling on this machine?

Mr. Elliot

The reply to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. The use of gaming machines in shops and other places is already prohibited by the Gaming Machines (Scotland) Act, 1917. Convictions for contravention of the Act frequently take place.

Mr. Gallacher

Can the Minister say why, if the use of these machines is prohibited, the practice is so common in shops throughout Scotland?

Mr. Elliot

I am afraid I cannot say without notice.