25 J. Crim. L. 149 (1961)
The Betting and Gaming Act, 1960

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1960
THIS Act is based upon the recommendations of the Royal
Commission on Betting, Lotteries and Gaming, 1949-
1951 (Cmd. 819o) and makes important changes in the law.
These notes should be read with the warning that they are
necessarily condensed and so far as betting is concerned they
are limited to off-the-course betting; further, it is not intended
to deal with the powers, rights and duties of the Racecourse
Betting Control Board or with pool betting.
BETTING
Section I of the Act repeals the old law contained in the
Betting Acts, 1853 and 1874. Previously the only form of
betting off-the-course which was legal was betting on credit
where the bettor did not resort to the office of the bookmaker,
but made his bet by other means, i.e. by post, telegram or
telephone. The new Act allows these methods to continue
and also permits cash betting either by post or in person.
If persons resort to an office to bet the office must be licensed
under s. 4 of the Act. The Act also provides for the registra-
tion and authorisation of bookmakers and their agents.
The term bookmaker is defined in section 28 (I) and
covers not only a person who, on his own account carries on,
whether occasionally or regularly, the business of receiving
or negotiating bets, but also a person who does so as servant or
agent of another. By s. 2 every person who acts as a bookmaker
on his own account is required to hold a bookmaker's permit;
a permit is necessary even if he engages only in credit betting.
A permit (which may be granted to a limited company)
entitles the holder to act as a bookmaker anywhere in Great
Britain. If a principal bookmaker wishes to use premises for

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