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 issuesother 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.