Part of National Lottery Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 3rd November 2005.

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Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne 1:15 pm, 3rd November 2005

We in Hertfordshire have a number of charities that perform an extremely useful role for many underprivileged people and people who suffer from addictions. At the moment, they get grants from local authorities. They are concerned that local authorities will start to remove those funds if they see the charities getting more lottery money—particularly as local authorities are under some financial pressure. The authorities might well say, “They’ve just got ten grand from the national lottery, which relieves us of that responsibility”. Will the Minister use his platform in this Committee to send a message to local authorities that that will not be tolerated?