asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the proposal to divert lottery funds to pay for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will have an adverse effect on the ability of voluntary groups and organisations to participate in the Cultural Olympiad. [HL60]
Voluntary groups and organisations will continue to benefit from lottery funding in the run-up to 2012 and there will be many opportunities for them to participate in the Cultural Olympiad. Although there will be a lottery contribution towards the Olympics, the arts, heritage and sport sectors can each still expect to receive around £900 million of new lottery money between 2007 and 2012. The Big Lottery Fund will honour its commitment to give 60 to 70 per cent of its funding to the voluntary and community sector, and has extended this beyond the Olympic period.