HC Deb 29 November 1928 vol 223 cc631-2W

asked the Home Secretary on what grounds he prevented the ballot in aid of the Wycliffe Society's hospital for the blind of Leicester last summer; and whether he received any information that led him to believe that there was any discreditable circumstance in connection with the organisation of that ballot?


My attention was drawn last summer to a public lottery in which was being promoted in aid of this institution in contravention of the criminal law. I accordingly informed the police, with the result that the scheme was abandoned. It is the duty of the police to enforce the law: the Lottery Acts prohibit all public lotteries and they contain no exemption for lotteries in aid of charities. The action was taken merely to enforce the law, no adverse report upon the bona fides of the scheme having been received.