§ 54. Mr. Nally
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give an undertaking that legislation imposing a football pools betting tax will not be introduced without provision being made at the same time for a special profits tax upon football pool promoters and the proprietors of football pool forecasting agencies.
§ Mr. Speaker
I am very suspicious when I hear a question addressed, "Will he not agree?" That is not asking for information; it is asking for an opinion which, of course, is out of Order on a supplementary question.
§ Mr. Nally
Could I phrase the question in this way? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that of the 820 or so football pool firms existing in the country, there are individual firms making, at the least, £30 a week, and some may go up to £50,000 a week profit? Does he regard that as reasonable from his point of view?
§ Mr. Dalton
I do not want to discuss in a supplementary what profits are reasonable and what are not.
§ 55. Mr. Nally
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he proposes to introduce legislation strengthening the present machinery of taxation with the object of reducing the present extensive possibilities of Income Tax evasion by football pool 190 promoters, football pool forecasting agencies, amusement arcade proprietors and bookmakers.
§ Mr. Nally
Would my right hon. Friend care to explain precisely what means he proposes to take to check for taxation purposes the profits of the organisations I have mentioned, and if I mention to him afterwards at least 30 different ways in which taxation can be evaded by those concerned, will he consider the matter?