HC Deb 02 July 1952 vol 503 cc44-5W
75. Mr. Nabarro

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what percentage of postal orders currently sold by post offices are for the purpose of football pool betting; and what average increase percentum in the price of such postal orders will be caused by his recent proposal for increased poundage.

Mr. Gammans

During the financial year 1951–52, 56 per cent. of the total number of postal orders sold were cashed by football pool firms; their value was 34 per cent. of the total value of postal orders cashed in that period.

I cannot answer the second part of the Question precisely, but I can say that the average value of such orders was 3s. 11d. and that under the proposals for increased poundage the total cost of an order for this amount would rise from 4s. 0½d. to 4s. 1d., an increase of about 1 per cent.