§ 17. Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will make a statement on his Department's assistance to lottery liaison officers employed by local authorities. 
§ Mr. Chris Smith
My Department recognises the important role which local authority Lottery liaison officers can play in attracting Lottery funding into their areas, and is supporting the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association in their plans to draw up best practice guidance. The guidance will focus on what Lottery liaison officers can do to help small organisations and community groups secure Lottery funding. We also encourage our Lottery distribution bodies to work closely with Lottery liaison officers to ensure that they are kept up to date on new Lottery funding initiatives and programmes.