HC Deb 27 February 1958 vol 583 cc67-8W
98. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will state the number of shop premises in which illegal ready-money betting is known to have been transacted; how many police raids have taken place on such premises; and what has been the number of people arrested and the total of fines imposed in the past year at any convenient date.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I regret that the information is not available for England and Wales as a whole. In the Metropolitan Police District in the year 1957, 228 search warrants were executed in respect of places of all kinds in which illegal ready-money betting was suspected of taking place contrary to the Betting Act, 1853. 625 persons were arrested. Fines and costs imposed on persons convicted amounted to a little over £7,700; two cases have yet to be disposed of.