Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:42 pm on 6th December 2005.

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Photo of Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Lord Forsyth of Drumlean Conservative 2:42 pm, 6th December 2005

My Lords, while I am filled with admiration for the leadership given by my noble friend Lord Coe on the Olympics and the Olympics bid, given what the Minister has just described as the benefits, which are a public good and which everyone shares, is it right that so much of it should be funded by a highly regressive form of taxation, which is what the National Lottery is becoming because the Government are reneging on the clear commitment that was given that funds which were raised through the lottery would be additional and not used to fund matters which should be the proper province of the taxpayer?