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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

(1) what discussions his Department has had with the Federation of Sub-Postmasters and Postmistresses regarding Camelot's application to the National Lottery Commission to operate additional commercial services in partnership with the Post Office; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what discussions he has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport regarding the Post Office's involvement in Camelot's application to the National Lottery Commission to operate commercial bill payment and mobile telephone top-up services; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Following a public consultation, Camelot's proposal to provide commercial services through lottery terminals remains subject to the regulatory approval of the National Lottery Commission.

A clarification from Camelot published by the Commission on 8 April confirmed that there was currently no concluded agreement between the Post Office and Camelot in relation to the provision of commercial services.

I have not had discussions with the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport about Camelot's application but my officials have discussed with the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters their views and consultation response on the Camelot application.

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