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Big Lottery Funding

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with the work of the Big Lottery Fund. (74137)

The Big Lottery Fund is the operating name of the National Lottery Charities Board and the New Opportunities Fund, working jointly together. A UK-wide framework of themes and outcomes for their work has been agreed, and within that relevant priorities for each of the four parts of the UK have been set.

The Fund has announced a range of new programmes following extensive public consultation, including children's play; support for the voluntary and community sector, the environment and well-being; and international grants.

The National Lottery Bill currently before Parliament will establish the Big Lottery Fund as a new statutory NDPB. A recruitment campaign for Board and Committee positions on the Big Lottery Fund is currently under way.