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Pool Betting Duty

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will cut pool betting duty from 42·5 per cent. to 40 per cent. as proposed in his Budget statement; and if he will make a statement.

In my Budget statement I proposed reducing the rate of pool betting duty from 42·5 per cent. to 40 per cent., subject to review after five years, on condition that the benefit of the reduction is transferred to the Football Trust for use in implementing Lord Justice Taylor's recommendations for improving comfort and safety for football spectators.I am glad to say that the Football Trust, the pool promoters and football authorities have entered into binding arrangements which will ensure payment by the pool promoters of the whole of the duty reduction to the Football Trust, for use on capital works at Football League and Scottish Football League grounds and the three national stadiums—Wembley, Hampden Park and Windsor Park, Belfast. In addition, the Football Trust expects to allocate £75 million to professional football over the next 10 years from contributions made to the trust from the Pool Promoters Association's spot-the-ball competition. Accordingly, I propose to reduce the rate of pool betting duty to 40 per cent. from 28 May 1990. The new rate will apply to bets made at any time by reference to any event taking place on or after 28 May 1990.The Football Trust has undertaken to account separately for the moneys made available to it by the reduction in pool betting duty; and to produce an annual statement of this separate account, to be audited by an independent auditor whose report will be made available to Government.We will be introducing a new clause on the Report stage of the Finance Bill seeking to reduce the duty with effect from 28 May 1990.