Government resists Tory's Lottery Bill amendment

Nathalie Thomas

The Government has crushed an attempt to loosen its hold on the Big Lottery Fund through the National Lottery Bill.

The BLF will have to comply with directions given by the culture secretary, despite Conservative efforts to change the legislation in the Bill's remaining stages in the Commons last week.

An amendment proposed by Mark Field, shadow culture minister, that would have required the fund to "take account of" government directions only, was defeated by 259 votes to 171. The Government has also resisted a second stab by opposition MPs at getting a definition of additionality enshrined in the Bill, despite remarks last June by Richard Caborn, the lottery minister, that "it was an important principle that should be embodied in legislation".

"Additionality is a matter between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Treasury," he told the Commons last week. "Additionality will never be constant, because we cannot define what governments usually provide."

Lottery distributors have agreed to formulate a policy on additionality, which will be made publicly available.

- See News, page 5.

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