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National Lottery

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the difference in annual lottery funding between (a) that received by the Birmingham, Erdington constituency and (b) the average amount awarded per constituency; and what steps she is taking to address this difference. [108333]

According to the National Lottery database which is based on information provided by distributors, the Birmingham, Erdington constituency has received £14.65 per head compared with a national median of £102.05. The sum of awards to a particular constituency does not reflect the wider benefits such areas may receive from national, regional and local authority wide awards. We have none the less encouraged distributors to work closely with hon. Members from constituencies which appear to have done less well to encourage greater levels of applications from such areas.