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National Lottery: Operating Costs

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing his Department's funding for running costs of lottery funding distributors on (a) the number of applications for lottery funding and (b) the success of such applications.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

None, because the administrative costs of distributing lottery funding are funded from the lottery, rather than from departmental expenditure. However, the relevant distributors were consulted both directly and through the Lottery Forum about our plans to reduce these costs. Reducing administrative costs should release more money for grants, and I am not expecting distributors to report any significant impact on applications.

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