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Lottery bonus

GOOD CAUSES may receive pounds 250m more from the National Lottery than previously expected because more people are playing the game than had been thought, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Chris Smith, announced.

Library rethink

A "SUBSTANTIAL" number of councils have backed down from library closures after a government warning that planned cutbacks or closures could breach their legal duty to provide comprehensive and efficient library services, Mr Smith said.

Today's agenda

Commons: Foreign Office questions; debate on Kosovo; debate on farming in East Sussex.

Lords: Contracts (rights of third parties) Bill, report; Northern Ireland (location of victims' remains) Bill; Tax Credits Bill, report.

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