HC Deb 07 April 1965 vol 710 cc475-6
26. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce legislation to amend the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Acts of 1960 and 1963 so as to prohibit the provision of amuse- ments with prizes in any commercial place and the use of such machines by children and by young persons under the age of 16 years.

Mr. Ross

Under the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act, 1964, local authorities are already empowered to refuse permits for the provision of amusements with prizes on the ground of the nature of the premises or that the premises are used by young persons.

Mr. Hannan

Is my right hon. Friend aware that these Acts are quite unequivocal on certain aspects which I understand have been drawn to his attention by local authorities? Is he aware that in some instances where local authorities have refused licences for such premises as newsagents and small stores, on appeal to the courts the applicant has been successful? Since there is a loophole, will my right hon. Friend look at the matter again?

Mr. Ross

I can assure my hon. Friend that most of the difficulties arising from the representations which I have received appear to relate largely to the position and to licences granted before the 1964 Act. I will certainly see whether the question does arise, because, like my hon. Friend, I am concerned about this.