§ Mr. A. Herbert
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he can give an approximate estimate of the total sum expended annually on betting in the United Kingdom; and whether, in view of the increasing burden of taxation upon productive industry and the earnings of the people, he will prepare a plan for the effective imposition of a tax upon this indulgence?
§ Mr. Chamberlain
As regards the first part of the question, I regret that I have no information which would enable me to furnish an estimate of the total sum expended annually on betting. The suggestion made in the second part has been noted.