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Football Pools (Taxation)

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 21 June 1949

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the Pool Promoters' Association regarding the proposed 50 per cent. increase in taxation; what reply he has given; and whether he is satisfied that pool promoters will be able to remain in business if taxed as proposed by him.

Representations have been made by the Pool Promoters' Association to my right hon. Friend the Financial Secretary against the increase from 20 per cent. to 30 per cent. in pool betting duty. After considering their arguments he replied on my behalf that I could not agree that the increase should be withdrawn, and subsequent developments have not affected my view. I do not anticipate any such consequence as is anticipated in the last part of the Question.