§ Mr. Harry Greenway
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the pools promoters about his Budget.
§ Mr. Ryder
Following my right hon. Friend the Chancellor's Budget statement, officials have met the Pools Promoters Association and the Football Trust to discuss implementation of his proposal to reduce the rate of pools betting duty.
Negotiations are proceeding with the aim of ensuring that the entire benefit of the proposed duty reduction is devoted to the improvement of safety and comfort at football league grounds as recommended by the Taylor report.