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National Lottery

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the spending per head of population for National Lottery grants was in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West of England and (d) Wales, in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [99344]

According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the National Lottery awards database, the spending per head of population in the 12 months to 31 January 2003 has been £5.92 in the Ribble Valley constituency, £41.39 in Lancashire, £161.15 in the North West of England and £24.56 in Wales.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of National Lottery grants are spent in (a) the Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West of England. [99345]

Lottery funding is awarded on merit and specific proportions are not therefore allocated to particular areas although funding is sometimes targeted at areas of deprivation which have received low levels of Lottery funds. According to the information supplied to us by the distributing bodies for the National Lottery awards database, the Ribble Valley constituency has received a total of £4,603,634 in Lottery funding since the Lottery's inception. Lancashire has received £744,407,272 and the North West of England has received £1,216,246,401 during the same period. The total amount awarded by the Lottery so far is £11,428,664,244.