HC Deb 10 May 1960 vol 623 cc337-8
Mr. Vosper

I beg to move, in page 38, line 5, at the end to insert: 9. In section eleven of the Gaming Act, 1845 (which provides in respect of the keeping of a public billiard table without a licence and of the failure to put and keep up a notice that premises are licensed for billiards penalties by reference to the penalties for keeping a common gaming-house)—

  1. (a) for the words " and also " there shall be substituted the words " shall be liable to the penalties provided by paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (3) of section twenty-five of the Betting and Gaming Act, 1960"; and
  2. (b) for the words from "to be proceeded against" onwards there shall be substituted the words " on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten pounds "
I am grateful to the hon. Member for Bermondsey (Mr. Mellish) for enabling us to discover this rather small point which came to light when we were doing researches on an Amendment in his name which the House has already accepted. It makes an Amendment to Section 11 of the Gaming Act, 1845, consequential on the repeal by Clause 15 of the common law relating to common gaming houses. As a result of the changes we have made in the law, the penalty for an offence dealt with under Section 11 falls and it has therefore become necessary to introduce new penalties. The first penalty is that under Clause 25 (3) and the second penalty is of £10. This exactly replaces the penalties which are now invalidated by the change in the law.

Amendment agreed to.