HL Deb 17 December 2001 vol 630 c26WA
The Duke of Montrose

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have a system for monitoring the use of National Lottery funds; and, if so, whether they have been advised how much of the £3.5 million contributed by the Scottish Land Fund towards the purchase of the Isle of Gigha came from the lottery. [HL1875]

Baroness Blackstone

The Government's financial directions require lottery distributors to monitor and evaluate lottery resources to ensure that the projects and schemes they support represent value for money. Statutory policy directions set by the Government determine the type of activities the New Opportunities Fund can support under its programmes. Under its directions for the Green Spaces and Sustainable Communities programme, the New Opportunities Fund has committed £10.78 million of lottery funding to the formation of the Scottish Land Fund. The New Opportunities Fund's Scottish Land Fund Committee approved a request for funding of £3.5 million to support the acquisition of the Isle of Gigha.