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Clause 5—(Duties And Powers Of The Accountant)

Volume 527: debated on Friday 7 May 1954

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I beg to move, in page 8, line 29, at the end, to insert:

(4) Not later than the end of October in each year the accountant shall furnish to the local authority a report stating, if such be the fact, that he has examined all statements submitted to him by a registered pool promoter under the last preceding section for the period mentioned in subsection (5) of that section which ended in that year, has conducted such enquiries into the manner in which the business of that promoter is carried on and made such examination of that promoter's records as he considers necessary, and has no cause to believe that any of the provisions of (his Act have been contravened or not complied with in relation to any of the competitions of that promoter taking place during the said period except in relation to such matters (if any) as have been reported by the accountant in pursuance of subsection (3) of this section.
The purpose of the Amendment is to require that the accountant will return an annual report to the local authority. This is in line with the requirements of the First Schedule of the Betting and Lotteries Act, 1934, in respect of greyhound totalisators. The Amendment is proposed after consultation with the accountancy and local authority associations and it remedies an omission in the Bill as drafted.

Amendment agreed to.