Clause 17

Part of Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:00 pm on 15 October 2008.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak 4:00, 15 October 2008

I do not know of an equivalent body to Home-Start UK. It is a magnificent organisation for the families that it helps. I conceded that there was a grey area, but I think that it is a small one and it is inevitable in partnerships with statutory funding and non-statutory funding. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that those partnerships and joined-up funding can be more effective in delivering socially advantageous programmes than they could be if the two were funded completely separately and never the twain should meet? Conservative party policy, by not funding partnerships, would make the Big Lottery Fund less effective in the way that it helps our communities.