Tuesday, September 29, 1998 Published at 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
Lottery cash for Grid for Learning
The New Opportunities Fund will support online learning
The government's plan for an online education network is to receive extra funding from the National Lottery.
The Prime Minister announced at the Labour Party conference that £400m would be made available from lottery funds for education and health projects.
This will include support for the National Grid for Learning, which will connect schools, colleges and libraries to the Internet and to online resource centres.
In particular the extra funds will support adults seeking to return to education, with money for online learning centres for the University for Industry, which will provide vocational training in high-tech skills.
Another environmental measure to be supported from the extra funds will be projects to make it safer for children to cycle or walk to school, in an attempt to reduce school-run car trips.
The lottery grants will be made under the auspices of the government's New Opportunities Fund.