Letter: Lottery U-turn?

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The Independent Online
Sir: You quote Virginia Bottomley (report, 6 November) as saying that Lottery money had to be taken into account when assessing the Government's record of expenditure on the arts. Two years ago, the Prime Minister stated at an English Heritage conference that "the money raised by the Lottery will not replace existing government spending". Has there been a U-turn, or will he ensure that the Budget restores grants to their levels of two years ago?

STEVE ADAMS

London NW3

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