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PAC: Give Bourn access to Lottery books

The Public Accounts Committee have rapped the government for failing to act fast enough to give comptroller and auditor-general Sir John Bourn access to all the information he needs to ensure the National Lottery is being run 'with due propriety'.

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The complaint came in a report on the way the second licence to run the lottery was awarded to Camelot after the High Court required Camelot to be re-admitted to the bidding process alongside Sir Richard Branson’s The People’s Lottery.

The Public Accounts Committee said terminal provider GTech’s cover-up of a software fault meant the National Lottery Commission ‘was not satisfied that the Lottery would be run with all propriety’ but had given the contract to Camelot subject to GTech and Camelot undertakings.

Following the judicial review the commission concluded that it had not been possible for Camelot to sever all links with GTech because they were continuing to use GTech’s gaming software.

The PAC report said the key individuals responsible for the cover-up have since been˜’removed’ from the company.

The MPs protested it was taking the Department of Culture, Media and Sport too long to act on proposals to allow Bourn access to all the books.

They said: ‘It is four years since the C&AG sought access, and without it he has been unable to provide full assurance to Parliament on whether the commission has fulfilled its statutory duty to ensure that the Lottery is run with due propriety.’

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