HC Deb 01 April 1947 vol 435 cc1829-30
48. Mr. Austin

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the findings of the 1932 Report of the Royal Commission on Lotteries and Betting being completely inapplicable in the light of present-day circumstances, he will consider the appointing of a fresh commission to examine this aspect of our national life.

The Prime Minister

The recommendations of the Royal Commission of 1932-33 relating to lotteries and course betting were dealt with by Parliament in the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934. The Commission also considered the problem of off-the-course betting and, although since the date of their report there has been an increase in the volume of off-the-course betting, I know of no reason for thinking that their recommendations on this subject are out-of-date or that there is any need for a further inquiry.

Mr. Austin

Is it not a fact that in addition to the increase in volume, there has been a tremendous change in the scope and a tremendous increase in greyhound racing betting and football pool betting? Whatever the merits of gambling, for and against, cannot my right hon. Friend look into this question with a view to appointing a commission?

The Prime Minister

I do not think that the increase in volume has made any real difference to the problems involved which were dealt with by the Commission.