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National Lottery

Asked what the Prime Minister’s response was to allegations that the National Lottery was being used as a "slush fund" to subsidise activities that should have been funded by the Government, the PMOS said that there was a debate in 1998 between those who said that the money should only be used for things such as sports, arts, heritage etc, versus those who believed that the money should be used for other areas such as education or environment, for example. If people looked at opinion polls in this area, what they showed was that the public believed that they were proper areas for lottery money to be used in. They were being used to good effect, so the Government would reject any suggestion that the money was being used in an inappropriate way; public opinion would seem to support that view.

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