Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 9

Letter, 16 January 2000, from Sport England to the Football Association


  First of all can I congratulate you again on your appointment. I hope that we will be able to meet in the near future for discussions on a range of issues—other than Wembley.

  It is on the latter issue, however, that I am writing to you. You will be aware of the letter from the Secretary of State to Ken Bates which summarises the agreement between the two parties for the voluntary return of £20 million of lottery funding. The agreement was that this should be returned over the next few years in instalments.

  At the meeting of the Board of WSNL on Monday 10 January there was discussion among FA representatives over the question of gaining the formal authority for repayment at the meeting of the FA Executive on 25 January. At this stage, however, it would be helpful to hear from you, even on an informal basis, your views on these proposals and the extent to which the FA will be seeking a modification to the current Lottery Funding Agreement among Sport England, WSNL and the FA.

  We would, of course, be happy to meet in the next week or so if this would be helpful.

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