New Forest East

DCMS – LOTTERY FUNDS – 16 July 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: Does the Secretary of State [Tessa Jowell] think that she might have fewer complaints from her own Back Benches about the distribution of lottery funds if the Government had stuck to the pledge that they gave in their July 1997 White Paper, in which they stated that they

"don't believe that it would be right to use Lottery money to pay for things which are the Government's responsibilities"?

Perhaps if the Government were raiding the lottery funds less for health, education and environment matters, which are Government responsibilities, the right hon. Lady would not be facing criticisms of the kind that she is justifiably facing now.