HC Deb 28 February 2000 vol 345 cc92-3W
Mr. Burstow

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to ensure that money spent on lottery tickets in a particular area is applied mainly to projects in that area. [110619]

Mr. Chris Smith

It would not be right to seek a direct correlation between the numbers of tickets bought in a constituency and value of Lottery awards made as Lottery funding should be distributed according to need. The Government are, however, committed to ensuring that Lottery funding is distributed fairly both geographically and across all groups of society. This is reflected in the changes made to Lottery distribution through the National Lottery Act 1998, and through the revised Policy Directions which I issued in summer 1998.

Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money was spent by the National Lottery on each of the various sectors of activity which it supported during 1999. [111805]

Kate Hoey

The amount of National Lottery money drawn down from the National Lottery Distribution Fund for expenditure on grants and administrative costs during 1999 was as follows:

Arts 287,109,753
Charities 355,530,515
Heritage 256,505,732
Millennium 559,325,000
Sport 410,416,825
Health, Education and the Environment 31,304,340
Total 1,900,192,165