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Football Pools (Paper)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the President of the Board of Trade what arrangements he has made for the allocation of paper to those football pool organisations carrying on summer pools based upon Australian fixture lists.

The basis on which paper is allocated for summer pools takes no account of the nature of the pool: the average weekly allocation depends upon the estimated number of clients but is subject to an upper limit which is fixed in relation to the allocation made for the winter season. The same basis was adopted in 1948.


asked the President of the Board of Trade whether it his intention to initiate a further prosecution for breach of the paper regulations against the football pool firm whose name has been supplied to him; and what actual reduction was made, and when, in the weekly paper allocation to such firm during the 1948–49 football season, upon the grounds that it had not been fulfilling its obligations to observe the appropriate regulations and agreements.

We have no evidence that any breach of the regulations is being committed. As regards the second part of the Question, no such reduction was made.