HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc239-40W
Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Postmaster-General whether he has any statement to make regarding the resumption of football pools?

Major Tryon

As I stated in reply to a question by the hon. Member for North Southwark (Mr. Isaacs) on the 24th October, the Football Pools Promoters' Association submitted a modified scheme designed to reduce the burden which would have been placed on the Post Office by the resumption of football pools run on pre-war lines. Under this scheme the members of the Football Pools Promoters' Association, acting as one concern, will publish the coupons in the newspapers instead of sending them by post to many millions of individual clients, as under pre-war arrangements: the completed coupons posted by clients will be delivered to the promoters' agents at a large number of places throughout the country. This scheme overcomes the objection on postal grounds to the resumption of football pools.