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 Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

We ought to be wary of criticising bank managers. Many of us are best friends with our bank managers—if some members are not, they should be.

John Home Robertson's point is similar that raised by David Davidson earlier on the spread of awards to different communities. The fair share initiative that I mentioned earlier is targeted not so much on those communities that are not getting awards, but on those that are not generating applications. Under the fair share initiative, a specific amount of money is put aside to help six communities, which, from memory, are Glasgow, Dundee, the two Lanarkshires, Renfrewshire and one of the Ayrshires—I am not sure which. The idea is to encourage more applications from those areas. That is one way in which lottery funding is to be shared more evenly. I accept John Home Robertson's point that that has to be seen to be done more equitably.