§ Mr. Gorrie
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff are employed by the Scottish Office, the Scottish Sports Council, the Scottish Arts Council and other public bodies in connection with administration of the National Lottery; and what are the annual costs involved in administering and allocating grants within Scotland under the various National Lottery schemes. 
§ Mr. Galbraith
[holding answer 15 December 1998]: The number of staff employed and the annual costs involved in connection with the administration of the National Lottery are as follows:
Number of staff £ The Scottish Office 11.5 50,000 Scottish Arts Council 135 21,908,000 Scottish Sports Council 135 21,206,647 1Staff numbers are full time equivalent. The numbers of staff involved in Lottery issues fluctuate throughout the year. 2Figures relate to 1997–98.
The Millennium Commission, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board also distribute Lottery funds in Scotland. These bodies operate on a UK-wide basis. It is not possible to estimate precisely the numbers of staff or administration costs associated with their work in Scotland.