§ 28. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the amount collected through the pool betting duty on greyhound racing in the years 1950, 1955, 1959 and 1960, respectively.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The amounts were £7.1 million, £5.9 million, £6 million and £6.2 million, respectively.
§ 29. Mr. E. Johnson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation to enable him to allocate a part of the amount collected through the pool betting duty on greyhound racing to help greyhound breeding and greyhound racing.
§ Mr. Johnson
But would not my right hon. and learned Friend agree that this tax discriminates unfairly against dog racing, in that duty is not charged on tote bets on horse racing? As he will not consider my other suggestion, will he consider the simple alternative of abolishing that duty or, at least, reducing it very considerably?
§ Mr. A. Lewis
Can the Chancellor give any logical reason why this tax is based on bets placed on totalisators at greyhound race tracks, whereas the same type of bet placed on the same type of totalisator on horse-racing tracks does not bear tax? Can he tell us why there is tax on the one and not on the other? Will he stop this discrimination?