HC Deb 27 November 1941 vol 376 cc890-1
64. Major Procter

asked the Home Secretary whether permission is still being accorded for the opening of new dog-racing tracks; and what is the policy of his Department on this subject?

Mr. H. Morrison

I would refer to the reply given yesterday to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Chester-le-Street (Mr. Lawson).

Major Procter

Will the right hon. Gentleman give some assurance that no permission will be given for constructional work on dog-racing tracks, where men are likely to be lured from their work by them?

Mr. Morrison

The Minister responsible for constructional work is the Minister of Works and Buildings. I am quite sure that he will not permit such work where it is undesirable.

Mr. R. C. Morrison

Is my right hon. Friend aware that only last Saturday an aircraft factory in North London, engaged on vital work, appealed for men to work on Saturday afternoon, and that 64 were absent through dog racing?