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Orders of the Day — National Lottery Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:02 pm on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Martin Horwood Martin Horwood Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham 6:02 pm, 14th June 2005

I beg forgiveness from Ms Thornberry, who may have misunderstood me. I was listing the popular causes with other means of fundraising that are overwhelmingly the most important part of their income. Only 6 per cent. of the income of the top 500 charities comes from the lottery. For the precise reasons that the hon. Lady gave, the lottery is extremely important. However, there is substantial concern in the voluntary sector, particularly among the smaller and less popular causes, about the proposals for more popular involvement or, more significantly, more political involvement.

The National Lottery Charities Board stood apart from the popular concentration on a few major causes, along with a few other funders such as Comic Relief and the Lloyds TSB Foundation, which have done very good work. It encouraged applications from much smaller charities and fundraising teams, as well as from people with much less experience of fundraising.