HC Deb 24 November 1964 vol 702 cc162-3W
80. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware of the amount of revenue to be obtained from a tax on all forms of betting, gambling and gaming; whether he will give an estimate of the annual revenue if the present 5 per cent. tax on totalisators at greyhound race tracks were extended to cover horse racing tracks and all forms of betting, gambling and gaming and if all betting shops paid an annual licence fee of £500; and whether he will introduce proposals for this system of taxation.

Mr. MacDermot

The turnover in all forms of betting and gaming is not known and the estimate for which my hon. Friend asks would accordingly be only a speculative one. I am sure he will not expect me to anticipate future Budget decisions.