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Ready Money Football Betting Bill

Volume 41: debated on Thursday 12 August 1920

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Order of the Day for the House to be put into Committee read.

Moved, That the House do now resolve itself into Committee.— (The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.

House in Committee accordingly.

[The EARL OF DONOUGHMORE in the Chair.]

Clause 1:


1. Any person who in the United Kingdom writes, prints, publishes, or knowingly circulates any advertisement, circular, or coupon of any ready money football betting business, whether such business is carried on in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, or who causes or procures, or attempts to cause or procure, any of those things to be done, or assists therein, shall be liable, summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty-five pounds or, in default of payment, imprisonment for not exceeding one month or, in case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds or imprisonment for not exceeding three months.

had on the Paper two Amendments to insert the word "knowingly" before "causes or procures" and before "assists therein." The noble Earl said: It will be within the recollection of your Lordships that in the debate on the Second Reading last night the noble and learned Lord on the Woolsack drew attention to the necessity for further examination of Clause 1, and in consequence of this I beg to move the two Amendments which stand in my name—to insert the word "knowingly" so as to govern the words "causes or procures" and "attempts to cause or procure."

Amendments moved—

Clause 1, page 1, line 9, after ("who") insert ("knowingly")

Clause 1, line 10, after ("or") insert ("knowingly").— (The Earl of Onslow.)

On Question, Amendments agreed to.

Clause 1, as amended, agreed to.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

Then (Standing Order No. XXXIX having been suspended) Amendments reported: Bill read 3a , and passed, and returned to the Commons.

House adjourned at half-past four o'clock until Monday. a quarter past four o'clock.