HC Deb 20 February 1958 vol 582 cc172-3W
Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he is aware that the amount of 6 per cent. fixed in 1934 under the Betting and Lotteries Act, as the maximum allowed to operators of a totalisator at greyhound racecourses, for administration purposes, etc., is, at present-day purchasing values, only equivalent to 2 per cent. compared with 1934; and whether he will take the necessary legislative action to amend the First Schedule to the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934. and thus rectify this anomaly.

Mr. R. A. Butler

In any review of the adequacy of the statutory deduction, account would have to be taken of factors other than that mentioned by the hon. Member, and of the view of the Royal Commission on Betting, Lotteries and Gaming that the 6 per cent. limit has allowed over-large profits to be made in the past. I am not at present satisfied that amending legislation would be justified.