the Community Fund Board's lottery award to the National Coalition of
Anti Deportation Campaigners.
operation of this grant; the concerns David Blunkett and I raised
some weeks ago were valid.
I still have doubts about this particular organization. But the
decision to award the grant is the Fund's alone, and the government
will defend its right to make it free of interference from
I welcome the measures the Fund are now taking to ensure that Lottery
money does not go towards bodies whose main purpose is to be
political or doctrinaire.
I hope we can all now move on. The grant to the NCADC is one fiftieth
of one per cent of the money raised for good causes by the lottery.
That£12bn has transformed Britain in the last seven years. It
is time we remembered the tens of thousands of grants to community
groups and charities, as well as the the Eden Project in Cornwall,
the Commonwealth Games this July, the Baltic in Gateshead and the
hundreds of new sports centres and facilities. All of them owe their
existence to that great British institution, the national lottery.'