§ Mr. Patten
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many applications for support from the national heritage memorial fund have been received for projects(a) of a specifically Christian nature and (b) which recognise the millennium as marking 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus Christ; of those how many have been approved; and at what COSt. 
§ Mr. Sproat
The heritage lottery fund does not categorise by religious denomination. However, to date 566 applications have been received from religious organisations 31 per cent. of total—asking for grants amounting to £57,505,362. Eighty-seven grants have been awarded to religious organisations, 23 per cent. of total grants awarded amounting to £8,024,510.
§ Mr. Gunnell
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what was the total national lottery funding allocated for distribution through the heritage commission in 1995–96; what sum is planned for 1996–97; what was the total sum allocated and paid through the commission in 1995–96; and what sum has been allocated and paid to date in 1996–97. 
§ Mr. Sproat
The total national lottery funding allocated for distribution through the national heritage memorial fund in 1995–96 was £305 million; of this, £40.4 million was drawn down in that year. A total of £33.6 million has been drawn down in 1996–97 out of a planned expenditure of £197 million. Estimated income for the NHMF in 1996–97 is £250 million.