Lottery Cash for the Falklands

28 Sep

Whilst visiting Bermuda yesterday, the UK’s Minister for Overseas Territories (OT), Henry Bellingham, held a press conference in which he said that he is seeking to pass on some of the benefits of Britain’s National Lottery to the Overseas Territories.

With some 1.5 billion GBP [about $2.3 billion] in the Lottery fund, the Minister hoped that some of the cash pile could be used to promote sport and other activities amongst the OT’s 280,000 residents.

“It seems to me grossly unfair that the citizens of these Territories who have British passports..that they are keen to retain the link with Britain and it seems to me..quite wrong and anomalous that they can’t enjoy the benefits of the Lottery.”

Needless to say some negotiating would be required between the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport, and the Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the Minister said that he viewed this project as a priority.

The fourteen Overseas Territories that he hopes to benefit are: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena and St Helena Dependencies, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, The Turks & Caicos Islands.




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