§ Lord Mancroft
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have any plans to amend the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, and whether they will give an assurance that they will not further limit charities' abilities to promote lotteries.
§ Baroness Blatch
The restrictions on promoting society lotteries were relaxed in May 1994.
We laid an order on 20th January to increase local and society lottery prizes and expenses limits from 50 per cent. and 30 per cent. to 55 per cent. and 35 per cent. respectively from 10th February 1997. There will be a combined prizes and expenses limit of 80 per cent. These changes will benefit charities which use lotteries to raise funds.
We have no plans to introduce greater restrictions.