HC Deb 13 February 1947 vol 433 cc529-30
64. Mr. Nally

asked the President of the Board of Trade what records are kept by his Department of the paper consumption of football pool forecasting organisations; and what steps have been taken by his Department to control paper sales to such organisations by printers or other holders of supplies.

Sir S. Cripps

No records of the actual consumption of paper by any user are kept by the Department but before any paper is licensed for delivery to the football pool promoters they are required to give an undertaking that they will not supplement their allocation by purchases from merchants and others, and, as my hon. Friend was informed on 16th October last, it is the practice of the Department to institute checks from time to time where such undertakings are given.

Mr. Nally

Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that this Question does not refer to football pools at all, but to football pool forecasting organisations, which are entirely different things? Is he not aware that, altogether, there are scores of these firms in operation at the moment offering winning schemes, and that many of them are issuing weekly booklets? Will he not go into this matter?

Sir S. Cripps

I was not aware of all the facts mentioned by the hon. Member.