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The Scarman Trust

Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of National Heritage (Lord Inglewood):

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Following the concerns which the noble Lord expressed in this House on 3rd July, the Charity Commission is looking into the activities of the Scarman Trust. It is taking into account the publication to which the noble Lord refers.

Test Match Cricket Listing under Broadcasting Act 1990

Lord Wedgwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider de-listing Test Match cricket from the Broadcasting Act 1996 would increase the game's revenue after 1998: and whether they consider cricket would be unfairly penalised without competition from television subscription channels.

Lord Inglewood: The inclusion of Test Match Cricket involving England among Listed events drawn up under the Broadcasting Act 1990 reflects its special status as a sporting event of national interest. The Government have made no assessment of the possible financial consequences of changing the status of Test Match cricket as a listed event.

Cricket: Lottery Support

Lord Wedgwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether Test Match cricket grounds should benefit from the National Lottery: and whether Test Match cricket grounds in "deprived areas" would get special consideration.

Lord Inglewood: It is for the Sports Council, as the statutory distributor in England of Lottery funds for good causes in sport, to determine its distribution policy within the framework set by government under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993 and to decide the priorities under which it will distribute awards. One of its aims is to improve the nation's stock of sporting facilities in order to encourage much wider participation in and appreciation of sport throughout the UK.

The Sports Council has recently agreed, with the Test and County Cricket Board, to support a joint study looking into the future uses and needs of major facilities for cricket. This will assist the Sports Council in deciding where the priorities lie. In January 1996, the Sports Council launched the Priority Areas Initiative, which aims to attract more applications from areas of sporting and social deprivation. Up to 90 per cent. lottery funding is now available for sports projects in over 180 local authority areas.

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