HC Deb 09 July 1953 vol 517 c1473
30. Mr. Norman Smith

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, pending an amendment of the Gaming Houses Act, 1854, he will advise chief constables not to proceed against workmen's clubs in which a stipulated proportion of the proceeds of the game of house is applied to charitable objects.

Sir H. Lucas-Tooth

It is not within my right hon. and learned Friend's province to give advice as to the particular circumstances in which proceedings should or should not be taken. The decision in each case must be taken by the responsible chief officer of police.

Mr. Smith

Is it within the province of the hon. Gentleman's right hon. and learned Friend to circulate to every chief constable a telescope and a blind eye?

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