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National Lottery

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the use of lottery funding for projects in schools. (74506)

We have regular discussions with colleagues at the Department for Education and Skills about joint programmes, such as those that receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the Arts and Sports Councils. For example, this includes the £750 million New Opportunities for PE and Sport (NOPES) programme which is bringing about a step change in the provision of sporting facilities for young people and the community more generally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the current balance is of lottery funds held in the national lottery distribution fund on behalf of the Millennium Commission. (74508)

The Millennium Commission’s balance held in the national lottery distribution fund at the end of April 2006 was £56.1 million of which £34.5 million has been committed under existing grant programmes and for operating costs. The uncommitted balance is allocated to the Millennium Commission’s final funding programmes, and decisions will be made on these in due course.

Under the provisions of the National Lottery Bill, the Big Lottery Fund, as the Millennium Commission’s successor body, would take on any remaining balance and funding commitments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) cost to date and (b) projected cost is of the merger of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund to create the Big Lottery Fund. (74509)

The cost to date of the administrative merger of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund to create the Big Lottery Fund is £4.976 million. The administrative merger is now effectively complete, though some minor costs will be incurred in effecting the legal merger, if the National Lottery Bill is passed. Savings of £3.5 million a year on costs have already been achieved and overall the merger will lead to savings of 10 to 20 per cent. of pre-merger costs, which equates to around £6 million to £12 million per annum.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the national lottery operator has paid to the National Lottery Commission in licence fees in each year since 1994. (74510)

The information is as follows:

Amount (£)

1994-95

110,000

1995-96

260,000

1996-97

340,000

1997-98

400,000

1998-99

380,000

1999-2000

480,000

2000-01

620,000

2001-02

544,000

2002-03

820,000

2003-04

428,000

2004-05

316,000

2005-06

371,000

The figures for licence fees between 1994-95 and 1998-99 are cash-based and from 1999-2000 accruals-based. The figure for the year ending 31 March 2006 is not yet available, but will be published when the accounts for that period are laid before Parliament in July 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many members of the public her Department consulted on the proposed changes to the National Lottery; and how many responses were received. (74513)

My Department held a public consultation between 25 November 2005 and 28 February 2006 about Lottery funding for the good causes of arts and film, heritage and sport after 2009. The consultation could be accessed online through the Department's website and respondents could also reply by postage-paid questionnaire. The consultation received 11,476 responses. The same consultation was also carried out by Camelot, on its players' website, for the two weeks to 28 February 2006, receiving 175 responses. My Department also commissioned a series of focus groups across the UK.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what amount of National Lottery prize money remains unclaimed; and if she will make a statement. (74565)

Amounts in respect of unclaimed prize money are paid to the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDF)180 days after the relevant draw, or 180 days after the end of the relevant scratchcard game.

From the launch in 1994 to 28 April 2006, £824.4 million in unclaimed prize money has been paid to the NLDF.

During the 180-day period, unclaimed prize money is held in Player Trust Accounts. The figure for unclaimed prize money held in Player Trust Accounts is calculated on the last Friday of every month. The figure on 28 April 2006 was £54.5 million.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the total amount (a) allocated and (b) distributed by each of the lottery distribution bodies in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006. (73872)

The table shows the value of grants awarded and how much has been spent by each lottery distributor, using the financial years closest to those in the question.

The information in table (a) is derived from the Department’s lottery award database, searchable at www.lottery.culture.gov.uk, which uses information supplied by the lottery distributors. The 2006 figures are the latest available, but will exclude awards yet to be reported to the Department and included on the database.

It often takes time for projects that are awarded lottery money to start spending on a project; consequently awards are often spent wholly or partly in different years from those in which they are made.

The expenditure figures are the sum drawn down from the National Lottery Distribution Fund by each distributor for the years in question, and include operating costs.

Table (a)

£

Awarded:

Distributing body

2004-05

2005-06

Arts Council England

123,837,021

144,370,701

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

13,513,693

5,447,527

Arts Council of Wales

13,138,415

9,425,019

Community Fund1

204,519,573

420,851,262

Heritage Lottery Fund

332,083,116

251,528,624

Millennium Commission

33,100,574

653,256

New Opportunities Fund2

385 772 523

102,377,345

Scottish Arts Council

14,639,584

2,529,305

Scottish Screen

4,058,244

1,279,638

Sport England

165,523,562

23,580,559

Sport Scotland

11,077,149

2,179,158

Sports Council for Northern Ireland

456,545

923,315

Sports Council for Wales

4,494,469

2,170,800

UK Film Council

29,022,291

46,204,800

UK Sport

44,621,329

3,476,241

1 Home Front Recall and the Awards For All Scheme have been included in the figure for the Community Fund. 2 This includes new programs which have started since the administrative merger of the Community Fund and New Opportunities Fund.

Table (b)

£

Spent:

Distributing body

2004-05

2005-06

Arts Council England

187,259,495

187,611,134

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

8,844,893

10,744,933

Arts Council of Wales

16,044,448

12,715,397

Community Fund

263,685,527

246,852,654

Heritage Lottery Fund

297,713,444

373,082,606

Millennium Commission

54,532,676

51,590,841

New Opportunities Fund

520,000,000

641,200,000

Scottish Arts Council

22,689,783

23,046,339

Scottish Screen

603,632

2,576,767

Sport England

184,000,000

193,100,000

Sport Scotland

28,299,446

21,452,710

Sports Council for Northern Ireland

5,711,573

6,648,731

Sports Council for Wales

17,633,000

12,312,000

UK Film Council

30,637,905

35,581,617

UK Sport

17,252,838

23,245,972