Ready Money Football Betting Act 1920

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1920 c. 52


Ready Money Football Betting Act, 1920.

(10 & 11 Geo. 5.) CHAPTER 52.

An Act to prevent the writing, printing, publishing, or circulating in the United Kingdom of Advertisements, Circulars, or Coupons of any Ready Money Football Betting Business.

[16th August 1920]

Be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Penalties.

1 Penalties.

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 knowingly causes or procures, or attempts to cause or procure, any of those things to be done, or knowingly assists therein, shall be liable on 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.

S-2 Definition.

2 Definition.

2.‘Ready money football betting business’ shall mean any business or agency for the making of ready money bets or wagers, or for the receipt of any money or valuable thing as the consideration for a bet or wager in connection with any football game.

S-3 Application to Scotland.

3 Application to Scotland.

3. In Scotland ‘indictment’ has the same meaning as in the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act, 1887; and, in the event of an offender failing to make payment of a fine imposed under section one of this Act, he shall be liable to imprisonment in accordance with the provisions of the Summary Jurisdiction Acts.

An offence prosecuted summarily under this Act may be tried before the sheriff or before any magistrate of any royal, parliamentary, or police burgh officiating under the provisions of any local or general Police Act.

S-4 Application to Ireland.

4 Application to Ireland.

4. In Ireland where, in pursuance of this Act, an order is made by a court of summary jurisdiction for a term of imprisonment not exceeding one month without the option of a fine, the party against whom the order is made shall be entitled to appeal in like manner as if the term of imprisonment exceeded one month.

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