HC Deb 22 January 1942 vol 377 cc448-9W
Mr. Thorne

asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in connection with the case that came before the court at Bow Street when charges were make against Jack Leibovitch, restaurant proprietor of Paramount Court, and 37 other men charged with using the house for playing chemin-de-fer and faro for big stakes; whether he has considered the statement made by Superintendent Cole about the matter; and what steps he is taking to suppress houses of this nature?

Mr. H. Morrison

Since the reply given about this case on 16th December, the case against three principals has been heard. One, who was fined £500 with £21 costs, has given notice of appeal. The second was fined £50 with £21 costs. The case against the third was dismissed. I am aware of the information given to the court in this case, and I entirely agree with my hon. Friend as to the desirability of effective action against such establishments. Unlawful gaming receives constant attention from the police, and action is taken—as in this case—whenever the necessary evidence can be obtained.