Clause 14 - Functions

Part of National Lottery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:30 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn Minister of State (Sport), Department for Culture, Media & Sport 6:30 pm, 25th October 2005

I would not have thought so, although I cannot say it categorically. I will ask my officials to look at that and will write to the hon. Gentleman.

As I was saying, amendments Nos. 39 and 40 give me the opportunity to assure the Committee that the arrangements are the minimum necessary. If the fund takes on the job of distributing someone else’s money—money from a health promotion charity, for example—funding partners will expect some say in how it is spent. The arrangements cannot be forced on the fund, so if funding partners expect too much there will be no arrangements at all. If the amendments were pressed, the funder would be forbidden any say at all. Obviously no one will hand over money to distributors on that basis. Basically that would end the new section 36C before it had even started.