§ 28. Mr. Sawford
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action he is taking to ensure an equitable regional spread of the proceeds from the Lottery. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
Following the National Lottery Act 1998 and my revised Policy Directions, distributors must now take into account the need to ensure that all parts of 351W the country have access to funding and the scope for reducing economic and social deprivation. Working with the Lottery distributors, we have commissioned research to establish what more can be done to help areas where the take-up of Lottery funding has been low.