Focus: Policy and Politics - Question Time - Mark Field MP, shadow minister for culture

What concerns you about the Lottery Bill?

The idea of increased government control. As you know, the creation of the Big Lottery Fund put something like 50 per cent of good-cause money under the direction of the Secretary of State. We don't feel that is the right way forward.

There's clearly going to be less money available for the original good causes. Originally, lottery funds were divided between the arts, heritage, sports and charity. There also was the Millennium Fund in the run-up to 2000.

We feel the original four causes missed out to the tune of about £1.3bn between 1999 and 2004.

What will you raise at report stage?

We want to continue to question the breach of the additionality principle.

The whole idea of the lottery was to find new money that wasn't going to be used for government expenditure. It's clear that, since Labour came into office in 1997, it has rowed back on that principle.

Are you recommending a return to the original lottery structure?

Yes. In the run-up to the first few years of the lottery, money was clearly put towards millennium projects.

The worry we have is that the Big Lottery Fund and the New Opportunities Fund both effectively put more control in the hands of the Government, taking money away from other causes.

We feel the very purpose of the lottery was to offer additional funds in a narrow group of areas - not to provide an extra layer of tax.

Do you want to abolish the Big Lottery Fund?

I think we're going to look at this when it comes to the report stage.

I'm speaking to a number of different bodies about preparing some amendments.

We're not going to discuss whether we would argue for an eventual abolition of the Big Lottery Fund. But there has been this creeping government interference, which is a regrettable state of affairs.

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