Don Foster MP


Don Foster attacks new lottery

November 3, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Don Foster criticised the new Health Lottery, arguing that it would funnel money away from good causes.

While the longstanding National Lottery gives 28p out of every pound it earns to good causes such as the arts, sport, and health, the new Health Lottery gives only 20p.

Questioning the Secretary of State at DCMS Questions in the Commons, Don Foster asked:

“Does the Secretary of State agree that the biggest threat of funding to the arts is anything that damages income to the National Lottery, such as the so-called society lottery set up by Richard Desmond and his newspapers? Does the Secretary of State believe that that lottery abides by the spirit and letter of current legislation? If not, what is he going to do about it and if he does, shouldn’t we be changing the legislation?”

The Secretary of State replied:

“My right hon. friend is very well aware of my concerns about anything that challenges or threatens the very important income that goes to good causes from the National Lottery. He will know that the Gambling Commission and the National Lottery Commission are looking at this at the moment and we will await what they have to say with great interest.”

The Government has already asked regulators to look at the effect on National Lottery sales and whether the Health Lottery is in line with existing rules on such competitions.