Heritage Lottery Fund

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th December 2004.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the National Lottery Bill on the income of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.

Photo of Ms Estelle Morris Ms Estelle Morris Minister of State (Arts), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Arts)

The provision in the National Lottery Bill which alters the basis on which investment earnings on the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF) balance are shared between distributing bodies may have some effect on the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF's) income. Whether and to what extent this happens depends on what proportion of the overall NLDF balance is held on the HLF's behalf when this provision comes into effect. We cannot yet know what this proportion will be. The HLF will, however, continue to receive 16.66 per cent. of all the income generated for good causes after the provision takes effect.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is a UK-wide distributor and there is no discrete income stream for Scotland. The amount that is awarded by HLF to projects in Scotland is a matter for the HLF itself.

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