§ Mr. Sproat
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of bookmakers in the United Kingdom.
§ Dr. Summerskill
Information in the form requested is not available. The numbers of bookmaker's permits, betting agency permits and betting office licences in force in Great Britain on 1st June 1976 were 8,221, 23 and 13,865 respectively. Further information is contained in the Betting Licensing Statistics, June 1975-May 1976, published on 20th December 1976 by HMSO.