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STATEMENT BY CULTURE SECRETARY ON THE COMMUNITY FUND

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Culture secretary Tessa Jowell today gave the following response to...
Culture secretary Tessa Jowell today gave the following response to

the Community Fund Board's lottery award to the National Coalition of

Anti Deportation Campaigners.

'I am pleased that the Community Fund agreed to look again at the

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

politicians.

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.'

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