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National Lottery: Grants

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Big Lottery funding went to (a) statutory and (b) voluntary organisations in each year since the Big Lottery Fund’s establishment; and how she expects the balance of funding for such organisations to be affected as a result of the 15 March 2007 decision to divert lottery funding to the London Olympics. (129156)

The Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund were administratively merged on 1 June 2004 to create the Big Lottery Fund, which became a legal entity on 1 December 2006. Since 2004-05, the total annual Community Fund budget and approximately 40 per cent. of the New Opportunities Fund budget were allocated to the voluntary and community sector. From 2006-07, the Big Lottery Fund made a new undertaking to allocate 60-70 per cent. of its total budget to the voluntary and community sector. It will be reporting on its performance against this target in its annual report.

The Big Lottery Fund does not expect the balance of funding, on current commitments, between statutory and voluntary and community sector organisations to be affected following the statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 15 March 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will break down by lottery distributor the money transferred from the Lottery to fund the Olympics. (129188)

We will, subject to parliamentary approval, transfer £1,085 million from non-Olympic lottery proceeds to the Olympic funding package. Of this, approximately £638 million will be transferred from the Big Lottery Fund. The remainder will be shared between 11 of the other 12 non-Olympic lottery distributors in proportion to their fixed shares of income from the lottery. However, no transfer will be made from UK Sport.

The amounts to be transferred from each non-Olympic distributor to make up this amount, rounded to the nearest £0.1 million, are detailed in the following table.

In addition, £750 million will be raised from Olympic lottery products and the five sports lottery distributors will distribute a further £340 million to maximise the benefit to British sport of hosting the games.

£ million

Arts Council England


UK Film Council


Arts Council of Northern Ireland


Scottish Arts Council


Scottish Screen


Arts Council of Wales


Big Lottery Fund


Heritage Lottery Fund


Sport England


Sports Council for Northern Ireland




Sports Council for Wales


UK Sport




To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the Government intends (a) to define and (b) to audit and report on the pledge that the voluntary sector will get the same level of resources from the Big Lottery Fund that it would otherwise have received. (129191)

The Big Lottery Fund will monitor its undertaking that 60-70 per cent. of its funding up to 2009 will go to the Voluntary Sector Scheme (VCS). It will report on progress towards this undertaking in its annual report. Following wide consultation, the Big Lottery Fund uses the HM Treasury definition of the “third sector”, which encompasses voluntary and community organisations, charities, social enterprises, mutuals and co-operatives in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Wales it used the definition adopted by the VCS and the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the Voluntary Sector Scheme.