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PRINCE CHARLES spoke out against the lure of computer games and said more lottery money should be spent enticing children back to theatre and the arts.
"One of the greatest battles we face today is to persuade our children away from the computer games towards what can only be described as worthwhile books," he said.
The Prince of Wales continued to extol the virtues of reading a good book saying: "None of us can underestimate the importance of books in an age dominated by the computer screen and the constant wish for immediate gratification."
The Prince was speaking at a reception hosted by the Millennium Commission at the British Museum in celebration of a lottery-funded project that distributes literary classics to school libraries, where he requested the scheme be extended to the arts. "Why can't the Millennium Commission or lottery think about a more imaginative scheme that would enable children to witness the best theatre, music and other performing arts?" he said.
Others present at the event included former culture secretary Chris Smith and author Salman Rushdie. Rushdie drew reference to Harry Potter. "Now that Harry Potter has taught the nation to read again, maybe they will read something else - next step Tolstoy," he said. "To have a project like this is amazing value - it's worth 10 Millennium Domes at a fraction of the price."