HC Deb 05 March 1957 vol 566 c166
22. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give the number of officially licensed bookmakers in the United Kingdom, and the amount of Income Tax paid by them in the financial years 1954–55 and 1955–56, respectively.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

There is no official licensing of bookmakers in the United Kingdom. Figures for the amount of Income Tax paid by bookmakers generally are not available.

Mr. Johnson

Can the Chancellor confirm that, apart from official bookmakers, any individual can go to any horse racing or dog racing course with his satchel and set up an easel? Can the right hon. Gentleman do something about taxing the gains of such people, and incidentally protecting honest bookmakers?

Mr. Thorneycroft

We are again getting on to rather dangerous ground.

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