HC Deb 29 July 1965 vol 717 cc164-5W
59. Mr. Gower

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that tokens provided by the manufacturers of certain gambling machines for use in connection with such machines are now being used for the illegal abstraction of goods and articles from automatic vending machines; what steps he will take to deal with this practice, which causes financial loss to traders; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. George Thomas

The case about which the hon. Member wrote to my right hon. and learned Friend recently was the first of the kind to be brought to his attention, and such inquiries as he has been able to make since do not suggest that the abuse is at all common. My right hon. and learned Friend is considering further what action may be needed to combat it.

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