Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence

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 I made:

    —  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.

March 2001

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