National Lottery

Charles Walker asks the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the National Lottery Commission, preparations for the award of the third lottery licence and possible change of operator.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent employees worked for the National Lottery Commission in each year since it was established. [14407]

Mr. Caborn: The number of full time equivalent employee posts in each year since the National Lottery Commission was established was:

 

Number

1999-2000

37

2000-01

33

2001-02

30

2002-03

28

2003-04

41

2004-05

42

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual budget has been for the National Lottery Commission for each year since it was established. [14408]

Mr. Caborn: The running costs of the National Lottery Commission since it was established were:

 

£000

1999-2000

3,247

2000-01

5,016

2001-02

2,950

2002-03

3,287

2003-04

4,337

2004-05

4,363

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether companies based outside the EU will be allowed to tender for the third licence to operate the national lottery; what safeguards will be put in place if the national lottery is awarded to a non-EU company; and if she will make a statement. [14409]

Mr. Caborn: There is nothing to prevent a company based outside the EU bidding for the next licence. Indeed, overseas companies have participated in previous competitions. The National Lottery Commission will undertake detailed checks on all bidders to ensure that, irrespective of their country of origin, they are fit and proper, and that it is satisfied that the lottery will be run with all due propriety.

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings she has held with the National Lottery Commission to discuss the responses to the consultation document "A Lottery for the future". [14410]

Mr. Caborn: The National Lottery Commission has sole responsibility for running the competition for the next lottery licence. I recently met the Commission to discuss a number of subjects in the course of which the Commission briefed me about the responses to its discussion document.

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many responses the National Lottery Commission received to its consultation document "A Lottery for the future"; and when those responses will be published. [14411]

Mr. Caborn: The National Lottery Commission has already received 20 responses to its discussion document "A Lottery for the future", in addition to undertaking a significant amount of wider discussion. The National Lottery Commission will publish a summary of the responses in due course.

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times the National Lottery Commission (NLC) has (a) investigated section 6 breaches by Camelot and (b) fined Camelot for section 6 breaches of its licence (i) since the NLC began (ii) under Oflot. [14412]

Mr. Caborn: The information requested is as follows.

Licence breaches recorded under OFLOT

 

Number

1994-95

0

1995-96

2

1996-97

2

1997-98

3

1998-99

2

 

Licence breaches recorded under the NLC

 

Number

1999-2000

1

2001-02

4

2002-03

1

2003-04

4

2004-05

0

The NLC has fined Camelot once for a section 6 licence breach during 2001-02.

 

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations the National Lottery Commission has received from organisations representing lottery ticket sellers about a possible change of operator following the award of the third licence for the National Lottery. [14413]

Mr. Caborn: The National Lottery Commission has been in discussion with a wide-range of interested parties about the process for the award of the next Lottery licence. These discussions have included the views of retailers. The National Lottery Commission will publish a summary of the responses it has received to date in due course. It would be pleased to receive views from retailer organisations as part of its continuing discussion process. "