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

Annex 8

Letter, 10 January 2000, from DCMS to Sport England with attached correspondence (Annex A)


  Thank you for your letter of 16 December. I am sorry not to have been able to respond earlier. Things have moved on since you wrote, and I know you have now received some preliminary information from the RFU. We have arranged for Ellerbe Becket to assess the Twickenham option on the same basis as they did Wembley. They have been in touch with the Twickenham architects to obtain detailed drawings and other information they need. We will share their findings with you as soon as we have them.

  You ask whether we have any information on the outcome of discussions with the Football Association. As you will be aware, the FA has offered to repay some of the grant they have received in return for removing the requirement to stage athletics at the National Stadium. Details of the offer are set out in the attached letter from the Secretary of State to Ken Bates. It is, of course, for you to flesh out the agreement, and to improve its terms if possible.

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