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Big Lottery Fund

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 8 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Big Lottery Fund regarding the future classification of lottery good causes after 2009. (74514)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and I have discussions from time to time with the chair and chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund. We cover a range of issues but have not focused on the future classification of lottery good causes after 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on plans to establish the Big Lottery Fund. (74515)

Plans to establish the Big Lottery Fund were agreed within Government. However, neither my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State nor I have had any specific discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on this matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact she expects the creation of the Big Lottery Fund to have on the National Heritage Memorial Fund. (73805)

None. The Big Lottery Fund will distribute Lottery money to projects connected with charitable expenditure, health, education and the environment and the National Heritage Memorial Fund will continue to enable emergency acquisitions of heritage treasures.