Members of the House of Lords, including a winner of 11 Paralympic gold medals and film producer, debated, on occasion of its 21st birthday, the contribution made by the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage throughout the UK on 17 December.
This was a balloted debate. They usually take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Paralympian Lord Holmes of Richmond (Conservative). Speakers included:
Lord Beith (Liberal Democrat) and the Duke of Wellington (Conservative) made their maiden speeches.
Parliamentary under secretary of state for culture, media and sport Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Conservative) responded on behalf of the government.