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Lotteries: Charities

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson Opposition Assistant Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) what steps his Department plans to take to support a more competitive environment for charity lotteries;

(2) if he will consult on the proposed review of monetary limits imposed upon charity lotteries by the Gambling Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Labour, Wansbeck

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to support a more competitive environment for charity lotteries in the lottery market.

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

We are currently considering the recommendations of the Lord Hodgson report ‘Unshackling Good Neighbours’:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/unshackling-good-neighbours to simplify the arrangements for charitable lotteries and raffles, although this does not relate to the monetary limits for different types of lottery. The monetary limits for society lotteries were last increased in 2009, when the proceeds per draw and maximum prize were doubled to the current £4 million and £400,000 limits, and we would certainly want to consider the impact of that change before proposing any further amendments.

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