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Clause 1—(Promoters Of Pool Betting To Be Registered)

Volume 527: debated on Friday 7 May 1954

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1.22 p.m.

I beg to move, in page 1, line 18, to leave out from "of," to the first "register," in line 1, on page 2, and to insert:

"the appropriate registration fee."
I suggest that it would be convenient to discuss at the same time the Amendments in page 2, line 43, and page 3, line 3, which deal with the same point. The sole purpose is to make it possible for local authorities to charge any sum they think appropriate, up to £50, both for the annual registration fee and for the initial fee for registering a pool as an approved pool. This is to meet the demands of the local authorities and also to meet a point raised in Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

I beg to move, in page 2, line 29, at the end, to insert:

"and sections seven and eight of the Summary Jurisdiction (Appeals) Act, 1933 (which prescribe the courts for the hearing of certain appeals to quarter sessions), shall apply as they apply in relation to an appeal from a court of summary jurisdiction."
This is really a drafting Amendment to provide that appeals should go to the appeals committee of the quarter sessions, as is the customary modern practice, and not to the quarter sessions itself. The proposal is made after consultation with the local authority associations.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendments made: In page 2, line 43, leave out "a fee of twenty-five pounds," and insert:

"the appropriate continuation fee."

In line 3, at end, insert:

9) For the purposes of this section the appropriate registration fee and the appropriate continuation fee shall be fees of such amounts respectively (not in either case exceeding fifty pounds) as may be fixed annually by the local authority for the whole of their area; and different amounts may be so fixed by any such authority in respect "of businesses of different classes.— [Mr. Mulley.]