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 Mark Field Mark Field Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 4:00, 15 October 2008

I do not accept that, although I do accept what he said before. Clearly, joint funding is often the most beneficial method for our constituents. The question is where that public funding should come from. The initial idea was that the national lottery would be a ring-fenced fund. I trust that there is a hope that the dormant funds will not simply be used to substitute funding from cash-strapped local or national Government, but will provide additional funding in the way envisaged in the clauses that we will come to shortly. I hope that the Minister will give some credence to what my hon. Friend has said. It has been worthwhile to put on the record that we have expressed some very deep concerns, not least because there is likely to be some confusion as the waters are a little muddied.