Jowell defends the Lottery after Major larceny indictment

The definition of a good cause should not be too narrow, the Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has claimed after former Prime Minister John Major accused ministers of directing lottery money to public services.

Major, who set up the National Lottery 10 years ago next week, said Labour was guilty of "grand larceny" by switching money for good causes to projects that should be funded by taxation.

"While I don't believe the original good causes have been entirely cast aside, they have been very badly treated ... the lottery is now being used blatantly for substitute funding," he said.

But Jowell claimed the lottery was "booming". She said: "We have supported causes with broad appeal, such as sending veterans to France for D-Day rather than buying up the Churchill papers.

"Giving the public more say in how lottery money is spent isn't grand larceny - it's democracy. You can't have too narrow a definition of a good cause."

Meanwhile, Chris Stalker, the NCVO's head of campaigns, has called on the Government to make an annual report to Parliament on how the additionality principle has been applied.

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