HC Deb 29 May 1962 vol 660 cc1149-50
28. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state the Treasury receipts from Pool Betting Duty collected on greyhound totalisators for the months of January, February and March, 1962, divided as between the normal 10 per cent. duty and the 10 per cent. surcharge imposed since 26th July, 1961, and similar figures for Bookmakers' Licence Duties on greyhound racecourses for the same month.

Sir E. Boyle

I will, with permission, Circulate the reply in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Lewis

Will the figures show that, due to the discriminatory practice of taxing just greyhound racing and not horse racing, there is no tax due to the Treasury from horse racing? Will the hon. Gentleman do something about altering the present discriminatory practice?

Sir E. Boyle

The figures show a slight fall in greyhound totalisator betting. It is not possible to say that they establish a trend, especially as the surcharge has been removed. It has been announced that the scope of the Pool Betting Duty is to be the subject of a review.

Following are the figures:

Month Pool Betting Duty on greyhound totalisators Bookmarkers' Licence Duty
Duty Surcharge Duty Surcharge
£ £ £ £
January 366,426 36,642 96,074 9,607
February 390,756 39,076 101,769 10.177
March 444,002 44,400 124,189 12,419
Net Receipts 1,201,184 120,118 322.032 32,203