HC Deb 25 January 1999 vol 324 cc123-4W
Mr. Swinney

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will provide a breakdown of projects receiving assistance under the New Opportunities Fund in the current financial year; what funds have already been earmarked(a) in total and (b) by project where already allocated for the next three financial years; and what percentage will be under the control of the Scottish Parliament. [65796]

Mr. Galbraith

[holding answer 18 January 1999]: National Lottery funding is not subject to annuality. Current estimates of cash allocations for the first three initiatives over the next four years, and of the percentages allocated for Scottish projects, are as follows:

Initiative Total allocation (£ million) Percentage allocation to Scotland
Healthy Living Centres 300 11.5
ICT training for teachers and librarians 300 10.2
Out of school hours learning and child care 400 11.5

The New Opportunities Fund will be inviting applications under these initiatives over the next few months. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has also published a consultation paper on three further possible initiatives to be funded by the New Opportunities Fund over the next four years. £400 million is expected to be available for these initiatives, but its division among them and the percentages to be allocated to Scotland have not yet been determined. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland will make an announcement shortly on the involvement of Scottish Ministers in National Lottery distribution after devolution.