HC Deb 12 July 1993 vol 228 cc658-9
6. Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage when he expects the first moneys to be paid out by the National Lottery Charities Board.

Mr. Brooke

We hope that money will be available to be paid out by late 1994 or early 1995 for charities and the other good causes.

Mr. Bruce

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does he know that I am being pressed by the local Liberal Democrats in my constituency to get that money through as quickly as possible? Can he ensure that all parties in the House understand that all my constituents, from whichever party they come, are keen to see that money come through as quickly as possible so that it can go to all the excellent sports and arts projects that they wish it to support?

Mr. Brooke

I am delighted to hear that the Liberal Democrats of South Dorset are pressing to get the Bill through as early as possible, as their party in the House voted against Third Reading of the Bill.

Mr. Enright

Will the Secretary of State kindly tell us whether there is any particular significance in the archaic use of the word "monies" in the question as originally tabled, and more particularly in the archaic use of that form of the plural, or is it merely a dry run for the Government's English test for 14-year-olds?

Mr. Brooke

As the hon. Gentleman may know, in terms of such textual criticism, his question should be addressed to my hon. Friend and not to me.