National Lottery Community Fund

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of John Home Robertson John Home Robertson Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

Does the minister share my concern that a disproportionate amount of lottery funding has tended to go to better-off communities? Putting it crudely, Kensington and Chelsea are getting an awful lot more from lottery funding than Prestonpans and Tranent. I suppose that that may be because it helps to have as local residents retired bank managers who can understand the application procedures.

Can the minister report on what progress has been made on the Executive's efforts to encourage good bids for lottery funding from disadvantaged communities throughout Scotland?