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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.
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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