HC Deb 02 June 1938 vol 336 c2214
25. Mr. Day

asked the Home Secretary whether he will consider the advisability of setting up a committee to examine the existing law in relation to sweepstakes, lotteries, and various forms of betting including pools?

Sir S. Hoare

These questions were exhaustively considered by the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting, which reported as recently as 1933, and I do not think that anything would be gained by holding any further inquiry at the present time.

Mr. Day

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the state of the law is chaotic at the present time?

Sir S. Hoare

No, Sir. That would be too wide a generalisation to place upon the position.

Mr. Day

If representations are made by all sections of the House, will the right hon. Gentleman consider setting up a committee?

Captain Heilgers

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the racing world is quite satisfied with the existing state of affairs?

Mr. George Griffiths

Even after yesterday?