National Lottery

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:59 am on 6th March 1992.

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Photo of Hilary Armstrong Hilary Armstrong , North West Durham 10:59 am, 6th March 1992

Does the Home Secretary recognise that many people will see his announcement as one of the last sleazy acts of an exceptionally sleazy Government? What additional protection has he considered for charities such as the one with which I am proud to be associated, the National Children's Home, which refuse to accept anything from the proceeds of gambling? What defence has he for coming to the House, and using public money and parliamentary time, to announce something that was agreed by the Tory party only last night as part of its election spending and election commitments? What justification is there for doing that with the public purse?