HC Deb 23 March 1956 vol 550 c151W
Mr. Black

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of convictions recorded in England and Wales in each of the past ten years in respect of offences committed in connection with illegal bookmaking transactions.

Major Lloyd-George

I have had a special analysis made of the statistical returns to ascertain the number of persons summarily convicted in 1954 of offences under Section 1 of the Street Betting Act, 1906. It totalled 6,942. The information for the previous four years could only be ascertained by further inquiry which would take a great amount of time and labour. The cards for years earlier than 1950 have been destroyed.