Archbishop of Canterbury Favors off-Track Betting, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-28


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Archbishop of Canterbury Favors Off -Track Betting LONDON, England, June 27.— The Archbishop of Canterbury, the most Rev. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, favors off -track betting shops. Yesterday the highest prelate of the Church of England endorsed the recommendation of a royal commission contained in a report to Parliament last April 17. "I am inclined to think the proposal should be tried," the Archbishop said. "The present law about street betting is unenforceable. It is also unfair as between rich and poor. It must be changed. All agree about that." The Archbishop added that he felt the change proposed is the only reasonable one, and that under strictest controls it should be tried on the ground both because it is enforceable and removes an injustice. The present law permits cash betting only at horse and dog tracks, but off-tracks handbooking betting is legal if conducted on a credit basis. Those who do not visit the tracks or have not established credit with betting agencies now manage to place a wager just the same with fly-by-night handbooks. As yet, no action has been taken by Parliament on the recommendation of the royal commission.

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