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Orders of the Day — National Lottery Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport and Tourism), Department for Culture, Media & Sport 3:32 pm, 14th June 2005

I cannot answer that question, directly but I will take note of it. [Interruption.] I note as I look at my officials that by the time that the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, my hon. Friend James Purnell, winds up, he will be able to answer it.

Clause 11 will ensure that lottery distributors have powers to publicise the lottery beyond their own funding areas. Clause 12 will allow the Big Lottery Fund to make grants in the Isle of Man, where people do indeed buy tickets. Clauses 13 and 14 and schedule 2 will set up the Big Lottery Fund and allow it to distribute lottery funds. The fund will also be able to distribute non-lottery funds, provided that they are within the good cause, and give advice about the distribution of lottery money and applications for grants. The fund will be required to comply with any directions from the Secretary of State relating to UK and England expenditure, and with directions from the devolved Administrations relating to expenditure in their countries.

Clauses 15 to 18 deal with the dissolution of the old distributors that the Big Lottery Fund will replace: the Community Fund, the New Opportunities Fund and the Millennium Commission.