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Animal Welfare: Finance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which animal welfare organisations benefited from National Lottery funding in each of the last five years; and how much each received. (130495)

The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost as animal welfare organisations are not a separate category on the Department’s Lottery Grants Database.

The Big Lottery Fund does not support animal welfare groups, but it does support some charities involving animals.

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) key focus for funding animals is through the conservation of priority UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) species and priority UKBAP habitats. As HLF is concerned with the conservation and recovery of the UK’s most endangered animals and not the general wellbeing and welfare of animals, HLF has not funded, as far as we are aware, any animal welfare organisations.

Details of individual Lottery awards appear on the Department’s Lottery Grants Database, which uses information supplied by the Lottery distributors and can be searched at www.lottery.culture.gov.uk