HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 c1402
67. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that the promoters of Unity Football Pools are acting in contravention of Section 26 of the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934; and whether it is intended to introduce amending legislation to legalise actions of this nature?

Sir J. Anderson

I have no authority to decide a question of law, which can only be determined by a competent court, but I would refer the hon. Member to the case of Elderton v. United Kingdom Totalisator Company, Limited, which was decided by the Chancery Division of the High Court in 1935. The answer to the second part of the question is in the negative.

Mr. Davies

In view of the fact that that decision may be subject to appeal, will the right hon. Gentleman look into the matter further?

Sir J. Anderson

I think it is the law for the time being.