Memorandum submitted by Sir Nigel Mobbs
Following my attendance at the Committee yesterday,
I undertook to clarify the circumstances of my memorandum dated
14 March 2000 which had been attached to a letter to your Committee
from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
My comments are as follows:
1. I can confirm that I did write this memorandum
dated 14 March 2000 and sent it to the Secretary of State.
2. I was unaware until yesterday that the
Secretary of State had provided the Committee with a copy of this
memorandum and of the context in which it was sent.
3. I have refreshed my memory on the conclusions
first, at the time I was reviewing
the options in respect of the Secretary of State's request to
review the design of the Stadium in December 1999; and
second, the drafting of the memorandum
referred to above.
4. In respect of the first point, my investigations
on behalf of the Secretary of State concluded that:
(a) The Stadium as designed probably fulfils
the obligations of the Lottery Funding Agreement and certainly
the list of what is reasonable.
(b) The provision of a warm-up track and
other ancillary needs would need to be separately funded.
5. Separately the Task Force did consider
the possibility of the new Stadium being used for the 2005 World
Athletics. We concluded that on the basis of a one-off use, the
hosting of the games would not prejudice the long-term regeneration
of the surrounding area although we did not consider the question
of the long-term viability or the means of funding such provision
or the question of value for money. Hence my comment that the
Stadium could be a venue. This is not a recommendation
that it should be a venue.
6. I have reviewed again my memorandum of
14 March 2000 sent to the Secretary of State and stand by my advice
to him. There is nothing in this note that in my view contradicts
my overall view of the situation. My comments to the Secretary
of State were intended to focus on the longer-term issues and
did not relate to the specific issues of the 2005 World Athletics.
I hope that this provides clarification of the
issue raised yesterday by yourself and Mr Faber.