HC Deb 08 February 1956 vol 548 cc1680-1
The Solicitor-General for Scotland

I beg to move, in page 8, line 14, to leave out "or trial of skill" and to insert: trial of skill or any lottery. The Amendment meets a point raised in Committee. The purpose is merely to make sure that no unfit food is disposed of even if it is given away as a lottery prize. We know that certain unfit tinned goods are apt to be given away as lottery prizes at times, and that is something that ought to be prevented.

Mr. Woodburn

Will not the Amendment handicap people who want to get rid of such stuff to church bazaars, and so on? Have the Government made any other arrangements for the disposal of such goods from generous shopkeepers who wish to get rid of them?

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

Not even for Unionist fetes.

Mr. Hoy

Many churches and organisations have bring-and-buy sales, and this is the kind of thing that adherents take along for disposal in order to aid church funds. Is the Solicitor-General telling us that as a result of the Amendment that will now become illegal?

Mr. Thomas Steele (Dunbartonshire, West)

Is the hon. and learned Gentleman aware that in another place today the whole question of gambling, betting and games of skill is being considered? Would it not be better to await the decision of another place before we come to a conclusion on this Amendment?

Amendment agreed to.