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Ministers lose ground on National Lottery Bill - Wednesday 03 May 2006

The Government has been dealt a blow over the National Lottery Bill after Peers voted to remove its powers over the Big Lottery Fund.

Ministers will no longer be able “prescribe” how the Big Lottery Fund - which receives 50% of Lottery money - allocates grants to charitable, educational, health and environmental causes.

The Lords voted 118-116 in favour of an amendment, tabled by Conservative and Lib Dem peers, that was designed to remove any government say over how lottery money is spent.

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