HC Deb 22 June 1961 vol 642 c1667
21. Mr. McAdden

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will give an assurance that, when giving his approval under Section 2 of the Betting Levy Act, 1961, to any scheme for the distribution by the Horserace Betting Levy Board of moneys levied under this Act, he will ensure that no such moneys are paid to the proprietors of any racecourse from any of the enclosures of which persons are debarred by reason only of the nature of their business or profession.

Mr. Renton

Before considering this matter my right hon. Friend would wish to know the views of the Levy Board and others concerned.

Mr. McAdden

I appreciate that my hon. and learned Friend wants the views of the Levy Board. Does he not think that it is slightly ridiculous that he should have taken powers to levy a payment on off-course bookmakers to support racecourses and to improve amenities and at the same time deny them the opportunity of enjoying the amenities which their money helps to provide?

Mr. Renton

This question will arise perhaps next year when the Levy Board submits a scheme, but until then, with respect to my hon. Friend, the question is premature.

Sir H. Oakshott

Can my hon. and learned Friend tell the House how he is getting on with the Levy Board, and when it will start its work?

Mr. Renton

That is an entirely different matter. It is right outside the question.

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