Helmand Province - Afghanistan

UBIQUE made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department for International Development

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Dear Department for International Development,

I am writng to request as a tax payer information on the total UK spend on the the following projects in Helmand, Afghanistan.

a. The Helmand Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute - Campus Build and current training.

b. The Refurbishment of Route 611 in the Helmand Province (all UK / part funded sections).

c. The Bhost Business Park - Lashkar Gar.

In addition can you please supply a current update on all projects. I am speaking to my local MP next to voice my concerns in london about the spending and results of these projects.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Joanne McCartney

Department for International Development

Dear Ms McCartney

Thank you for your request for information which we received on 15
November 2013. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will respond to you directly as soon as possible
and within 20 working days.

Please note that DFID may also publish our response to FOI requests at
www.gov.uk/dfid.

Please contact me if you have any queries, quoting reference number
F2013-420.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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Department for International Development

1 Atodiad

Dear Mrs McCartney,

Please find attached DFID's response to your Freedom of Information
request F2013-420.

I have also included a copy of our response below in case you cannot read
the attachment.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

"Dear Mrs McCartney,

Freedom of Information Request F2013-420

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 15 November 2013
in which you asked for the following information:

“I am writing to request as a tax payer information on the total UK spend
on the following projects in Helmand, Afghanistan.

a. The Helmand Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute (ATVI) –
Campus Build and current training.
b. The Refurbishment of Route 611 in the Helmand Province (all UK/part
funded sections).
c. The Bhost Business Park – Lashkar Gar.

In addition can you please supply a current update on all projects. I am
speaking to my local MP next to voice my concerns in London about the
spending and results of these projects.”

DFID holds information relevant to your request. UK funding for the
Helmand Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute (ATVI) and the
Refurbishment of Route 611 in the Helmand Province projects is provided by
the Conflict Pool which is directly funded from the Treasury with shared
responsibility across the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office and DFID.

The Helmand Afghanistan Technical and Vocational Institute (ATVI) – Campus
Build and current training

UK spend to date is £2m. The Technical and Vocational Institute in Lashkar
Gah has been created and is delivering professional skills training
(road/canal maintenance, construction, project management and agricultural
skills) to civil servants and the private sector.

The Refurbishment of Route 611 in the Helmand Province (all UK/part funded
sections)

UK spend to date is $12.4m. The UK/UAE funded stretch of the road has been
completed and handed over to the Afghan authorities.

The Bhost Business Park – Lashkar Gar

UK spend is £3.11m. The project was stopped in 2012, after it became clear
that the project could no longer be completed within the timeframe and in
good order. The completed park designs have been handed over to the Afghan
authorities to enable them to pursue the project over a revised timeframe.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me, quoting
reference number FOI 2013-420.

If you are unhappy with the service we have provided and wish to make a
complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to the
Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team at the address shown in the
footnote below or email [DFID request email] within two months of the date of
this letter.

If you do make a complaint and are not content with the outcome, you may
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally,
the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have
exhausted DFID’s complaints procedure. You can contact the Information
Commissioner at the following address:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team"

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Dear Department for International Development,

I have asked an update for the damage on the route in helmand. FOI 2013-420

I am aware it has been damaged and needs repair: What is happening? Is it expensive? Are you using more UK tax payers money. Why did it fail.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J McCartney

4 Atodiad

Dear Mrs McCartney

Thank you for our email below regarding an update on the route in Helmand - FOI 2013-420.

However, we have responded to both your requests regarding Helmand, namely F2013-420 on 13 December 2013 and F2013-457 on 17 January 2014 and I think the most recent response (F2013-457) answers the questions you pose below.

I attach another copy of both our responses for your information and trust that you are now satisfied that we have responded to both your requests.

Yours sincerely

Sandy Docherty
DFID Information Rights and Public Enquiries Team

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