Dear Sir or Madam,

Please supply in detail, total expenditure by the Army on Common Purpose courses from 1997 to date. Please also supply a copy of the invoice for each Common Purpose course paid for by the Army.

Common Purpose is the training organisation of that
name: http://www.commonpurpose.org/home.aspx

Yours faithfully,

Mr S. McCaw

Dear Sir or Madam,

A response was due by 16/3/09, please review your systems to ensure future requests are dealt with within the time limits allowed by law.

I have come accross some figures quoted in parliment, perhaps you could confirm these as correct?

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department paid to Common Purpose in each of the last five years; for what purpose; and what the outcome of the expenditure was. [145342]
Derek Twigg: Sums paid to Common Purpose UK in each of the last complete five financial years, inclusive of VAT, are as follows:
Amount (£)
2002-03 56,576.25
2003-04 66,716.50
2004-05 42,958.00
2005-06 58,456.27
2006-07 83,817.89

These payments covered the cost of participation by MOD staff in Common Purpose UK’s training and education programmes. Programmes of this nature help to develop leadership skills, to gain understanding about broader aspects of government and to share experience with and learn from participants from both the private and public sectors.

Question dated: 26 Jun 2007 : Column 664W of Hansard.

I must say I was supprised to learn of this excessive expenditure on questionable training, but would appreciate it if you could clarify if this money was spent on Army personnel, or MOD staff solely? I would have expected the British Army to be capable of their own leadership training and not having to rely on a charity (which charges vast sums of money for each course) to provide such training. I am disapointed at the gross waste of taxpayers resources by the MOD, which could better have been spent on equipment for the forces.

I question what benefit this "charity" known as "Common Purpose" provide to the public. Charging commercial rates for courses puts the services out of reach of the majority of the population. As the charity create "leaders of the future" and train them to "lead outwith their authority", it would suggest that some form of clandestine elitist network is being created. Applicants are "selected" for the courses, and "graduates" are assisted in finding new jobs (expanding the clandestine network further) to the detriment of the rest of the public.

Would you be so knind to explain to me what the public benefit is in paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to this "charity"?

Yours sincerely,

S.McCaw

CIO-Access Ops1 (Rados, Mirko Mr), British Army

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Dear Mr McCaw,

Please See Attached letter in response to your recent query.

Mirko Rados
CIO-Access Ops1
06.E.07 Main Building
Ministry of Defence
Whitehall
London SW1A 2HB

CIO-Access Ops1 (Rados, Mirko Mr), British Army

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Dear Mr McCaw,

Please see attached response to your original FOI request. The branch
responsible has asked me to forward you the message since their IT systems
have had difficulties sending it to your e-mail account.

Mirko Rados
CIO-Access Ops1
06.E.07 Main Building
Ministry of Defence
Whitehall
London SW1A 2HB

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Dear Mr McCaw,

I'm sorry it took a while to gather the financial information, but please
find our response attached.

Andy Manders

SO2 LF Sec Ops, BSO & IM

Land Forces Secretariat

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Tel: (9)4331 3096 or 01722 433096

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From: LF-SEC-Ops 1b-C2 (Manders, Andrew Mr)
Sent: 19 March 2009 15:48
To: 'S.McCraw '
Subject: Release-Authorised: 20090319-RFI51296-McCaw-Final-U.doc
Importance: High

Dear Mr McCaw,

I'm sorry it took a while to gather the financial information, but please
find our response attached.

Andy Manders

SO2 LF Sec Ops, BSO & IM

Land Forces Secretariat

HQ LF, Erskine Bks, Wilton, Wilts, SP2 0AG

Tel: (9)4331 3096 or 01722 433096

Fax: (9)4331 3142 or 01722 433142

Internal Email: LF-SEC-Ops1b-C2

External Email: [1][email address]

Please send all official mail to our group mailbox: LF-Sec-Wilton
(Mailbox)

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