HC Deb 30 November 1926 vol 200 c1021W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if any inquiry is made from applicants for bookmakers' certificates whether such applicant carries on his or her business legally or illegally?


Under Section 15 (1) (b) of the Finance Act a bookmaker's certificate must be taken out, annually by a person carrying on the business of a bookmaker and the definition of bookmaker (Section 18 (1)) makes no discrimination as between a legal or illegal bookmaker. The certificate, which is issued to any person who completes the prescribed form of application and pays the licence duty of £10, hears the words "No Government Guarantee" and bookmakers have been warned by Public Notice that "the issue of a certificate to a bookmaker involves no change in his legal standing and affords no defence in any prosecution taken under the general law of the country relating to betting."