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Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has about the difficulty for sporting clubs of running a small lottery in competition with the national lottery on the basis of a maximum of 15 per cent. expenses; and what representations he has received on the subject.

The Royal Commission on Gambling, in recommending a national lottery for good causes, did not think that this should have any dramatic adverse effect on other fund-raising activities. I have, however, received a number of representations against the Commission's recommendation that the expenses in any society or local authority lottery should not exceed 15 per cent. of the turnover.