HC Deb 19 July 1993 vol 229 cc8-9W
Ms Walley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to amend the present legislation relating to lotteries so as to increase the maximum prize money before the first draw in the new national lottery takes place.

Mr. Peter Lloyd

We intend to bring those provisions of the National Lottery Etc. Bill which amend the law relating to existing societies' and local authority lotteries —including the provisions of clause 51 which increase the prize limit for such lotteries—into force as soon as practicable. A period of time will, however, be needed to make consequential changes to the Lotteries Regulations and to enable societies to register with the Gaming Board under the new schedule 1A to the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976. We aim to keep the delay in bringing these provisions into operation to a minimum.