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Clause 7 - National Lottery Distribution Fund: apportionment

Part of National Lottery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 12:15 pm, 25th October 2005

I think that the hon. Gentleman wants to row back. We do not like the Bill at all. We do not like the way that the national lottery is being hijacked by the Government, nor the way in which the funds are being diverted to fund what we believe should be core Government expenditure. That is an argument in relation to additionality.  

All I am seeking to do, on behalf of the voluntary sector, is to ensure that if the Government are to get their hands on 50 per cent. of lottery spend, which is hundreds of millions of pounds a year, and if, through the Secretary of State and the Big Lottery Fund board, they are to give themselves powers to use that money pretty much where they deem fit, we should at least have a guarantee that 70 per cent. of that money will be reserved for charitable expenditure. If the hon. Member for Glasgow, South has a problem with that, he should say so. He should not blame the Opposition. We do not want it in the first place.

The figure in the amendment applies either to registered charities or to charitable and voluntary groups that are not registered charities, but it excludes public bodies.