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National Lottery: Play

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will extend the deadline for applications for Big Lottery play strategy projects beyond March 2009. (242939)

As a lottery distributor, The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) operates independently from DCMS and as such it would be inappropriate for the Department to intervene with the day to day running of BIG.

For Children's Play BIG had four application windows—July 2006, November 2006, March 2007, September 2007. The majority of the applications were received for the final window, i.e. in September 2007. For Playful Ideas the application deadline was December 2007. Therefore all the funding was committed under both these programmes by this year (i.e. funding has been committed over a two year period based on the applications received). Funding for Play Infrastructure was committed in March 2006 when the programme launched.