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Clause 13 - Establishment

Part of National Lottery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 25th October 2005.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne 4:45 pm, 25th October 2005

I hope that my hon. Friend agrees that one of the problems is that the Big Lottery Fund lacks legitimacy. It will lack legitimacy in the eyes of the public because basically its executive relies on the patronage of the Secretary of State. Legitimacy is important; otherwise it may well be known as the big ministerial slush fund. That, I think, is what my hon. Friend is driving at.