HC Deb 25 July 1938 vol 338 c2730W
Mr. McGovern

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that Mr. T. Bara, 73, High Street, Ferndale, sent a letter to Hospitals Trust, Limited, Dublin, during the month of June, in which he enclosed a 10s. postal order for a hospital sweepstake ticket; that his letter and postal order were returned by his Department; and under what authority this was done, in view of the assurance given by the late Home Secretary that people would be allowed to send for one ticket?

Sir S. Hoare

I have been asked to reply. As has been previously stated by my predecessors it is not a specific offence under the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934, for a person in this country to apply for a single ticket for his own use. The use of the post for this purpose cannot be allowed because such use would facilitate the sale and distribution of these tickets in this country in contravention of the law.

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