§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will introduce a differential tax between on-course and off-course betting, in order to prevent loss of revenue caused by closures of greyhound tracks and to enable totalisator operators on racetracks and bookmakers on tracks to pay 5 per cent. less in betting and gambling taxes to those who operate off the track.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
A differential rate of duty already operates in favour of on-course bookmakers who pay duty at the rate of 5 per cent. as against the 6 per cent. which is charged on off-course bets. Any question of an alteration in either rate of duty would, of course, be a Budget matter.