§ 50. Sir Joseph Leech
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has had any estimate formed of the approximate amount of money turned over on horse-race betting, greyhound betting, and football pools during the last available 12 months; and, if the Government do not possess the information, will he take steps to have such an estimate prepared?
§ Sir J. Simon
The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, I regret that I cannot see my way to authorise the elaborate investigation which the preparation of such an estimate would involve.
Does not my right hon. Friend realise that betting is becoming a serious social menace, and that something must be done to stop it?