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


Letter to the Chairman of the Committee from Mr Bryan Russell

  I am one of the millions of people who play the lottery on a weekly basis.

  A share of the profits goes to charities we don't object to that! It is things like The Churchill Papers (whome we don't have the copy write for "though" paying £12 million for them. Also Royal Opera House (only London benefits) (so we subsidise the rich).

  Now! The Football Association! With £120 million going for the new stadium yet to be built. The FA who encourage paying footballers obscene amounts of money should not have lottery money.

  Can we be assured that now we are not having a National Stadium that the £120 million pounds the FA and development company have received will be refunded to the lottery fund and a more deserving charity be the recipient.

  Such as sports grounds in small communities for "all sports" in small towns and villages.

  Also the interest on £120 million must be accruing a massive amount of interest as it is lying dead—as far as I know the stadium is no where near the development stage.

  Who is getting the interest and when can we expect the £120 million back plus interest to devote to a far more deserving charity to be donated yet.

  Does your committee have any teeth?

  Yours in disgust, at the way lottery funds are managed and distributed.

22 May 2002

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